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- n. The act of bringing down; depravation; deterioration.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Act of bringing down; depravation; deterioration.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of embasing, or the state of being embased; a vitiated, impaired, or debased condition; depravation; debasement.
- n. Same as embasis.
There is dross, alloy, and embasement in all human tempers; and he flieth without wings, who thinks to find ophir or pure metal in any.
And if the very condition of the creature gives it such a shortness, and hollowness, and disproportion to the desires of a rational soul, even in the most innocent and allowed pleasures; what shall we think of the pleasures of sin, which receive a further embasement and diminution from the superaddition of a curse?