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  • adjective Humbled by consciousness of inferiority, unworthiness, guilt, or shame.

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  • adjective Humbled by consciousness of inferiority, unworthiness, guilt, or shame.

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Examples

  • This scandal was one of the most spectacular "own goals" in the history of religion, and there seemed to be no need to deride faith at its most vulnerable and self-abased.

    Sam Harris: Bringing the Vatican to Justice

  • This scandal was one of the most spectacular "own goals" in the history of religion, and there seem to be no need to deride faith at its most vulnerable and self-abased.

    Sam Harris: Bringing the Vatican to Justice

  • For human nature, considered in itself, strives against them as much as it can (see III. xiii., liv.); hence those, who are believed to be most self-abased and humble, are generally in reality the most ambitious and envious.

    The Ethics

  • When sober, he was self-abased by the knowledge of the suffering of this woman he so truly loved, or was restlessly striving against desires which only alcohol could sate; while she was alternately fearing the debauch or fighting to keep her respect and love intact through the debauchery.

    Our Nervous Friends — Illustrating the Mastery of Nervousness

  • Josephine's honest heart swelled with the humble gratitude of the self-abased.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 101, May, 1876

  • The boy watching him, seeing the hero self-abased, hearing his heartbreaking sobs, interpreted very differently those sounds.

    The Hill A Romance of Friendship

  • The boy watching him, seeing the hero self-abased, hearing his heartbreaking sobs, interpreted very differently those sounds.

    The Hill A Romance of Friendship

  • Follow this little victim of nursery malpractice through the imitative age, and you will discover in him the cigarette smoker, the tippler, the self-abased youth, and later, the man whose life is shadowed with the curse of baneful appetite.

    Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why What Medical Writers Say

  • "Well, are you well married now, babes?" said the Advocate, and I tried to answer him as we made our way to the vestry -- I stumbling and self-abased, Irma with the certainty and calmness of a widow at least thrice removed from the first bashfulness of a bride.

    The Dew of Their Youth

  • This humble, self-abased figure – the utter air of self-abnegation with which the domestic seemed to intimate that, unless her mistress pleased, tea was not ready, and that everything in creation was to be either ready or not ready according to her sovereign will and good pleasure – was to us children a new lesson in decorum.

    Oldtown Folks

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