from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Physically to lower.
- v. To bring down or lower in position, status, etc.; to degrade, humiliate.
- v. To lower the value of (a coin, commodity etc.); to debase (a coin) with alloy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To bring down or lower, as in position, value, etc.; to debase; to degrade; to deteriorate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lower; degrade; depress or hollow out.
- To lower in value; debase; vitiate; deprave; impair.
- To lower in nature, rank, or estimation; degrade.
 The verb "embase" or "imbase" is frequently found in the sense of
Scriptures, as they suppose, but much embase them.
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.
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.
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 way to destroy religion is to embase the dispensers of it, 103. which is done, 1.
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.
The next and most effectual way to destroy religion, is to embase the teachers and dispensers of it.
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.
Made to amaze weake mens confused skil: and this worlds worthlesse glory to embase, what pen, what pencill can expresse her fill?