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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Debase \De*base"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Debased; p. pr. & vb.
n. Debasing.] [Pref. de- + base. See Base, a., and cf.
To reduce from a higher to a lower state or grade of worth,
dignity, purity, station, etc.; to degrade; to lower; to
deteriorate; to abase; as, to debase the character by crime;
to debase the mind by frivolity; to debase style by vulgar
The coin which was adulterated and debased. --Hale.
It is a kind of taking God's name in vain to debase
religion with such frivolous disputes. --Hooker.
And to debase the sons, exalts the sires. --Pope.
Syn: To abase; degrade. See Abase.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: used of conduct; characterized by dishonor [syn:
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