from The Century Dictionary.
- To lower; degrade; depress or hollow out.
- To lower in value; debase; vitiate; deprave; impair.
- To lower in nature, rank, or estimation; degrade.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb obsolete To bring down or lower, as in position, value, etc.; to debase; to degrade; to deteriorate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb obsolete Physically to
- verb obsolete, transitive To bring down or
lowerin position, status, etc.; to degrade, humiliate.
- verb obsolete To
lowerthe valueof (a coin, commodity etc.); to debase(a coin) with alloy.
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 The verb "embase" or "imbase" is frequently found in the sense of
Scriptures, as they suppose, but much embase them.
All vain, luxuriant allegories, rhyming cadencies of similary words, are such pitiful embellishments of speech, as serve for nothing but to embase divinity; and the use of them, but like the plastering of marble, or the painting of gold, the glory of which is to be seen, and to shine by no other lustre but their own.
For how popular and plausible soever the name of protestant may sound, it is not that which can or will credit or commend fanaticism; but fanaticism will be sure to embase and discredit that.
The next and most effectual way to destroy religion, is to embase the teachers and dispensers of it.
Again, if a man be tempted to any wicked or vile act by the example of some great, powerful, or illustrious sinner, let him learn, instead of admiring and following the greatness of the person, to abhor the baseness of the practice, as knowing that the man can never authorize the sin, but the sin will be sure to embase the man.
The way to destroy religion is to embase the dispensers of it, 103. which is done, 1.
Which opinion alone were enough to embase the very righteousness of angels in the sight of God so far, as to render it not only vain, but odious; and to turn the best of sacrifices into the worst of sins.
I proceed now to the second, viz. That the next, and most effectual way to destroy religion, is to embase the teachers and dispensers of it.
Made to amaze weake mens confused skil: and this worlds worthlesse glory to embase, what pen, what pencill can expresse her fill?