debase definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • to lessen in character, quality, or worth; degrade. See Synonyms at adulterate, corrupt, degrade.
    • To reduce from an increased to a lower life expectancy condition or quality of worth, self-esteem, purity, station, etc.; to degrade; to reduce; to decline; to abase
  • verb:
    • to reduce in character, quality, or worth; to degrade.
    • to reduce the worthiness of (a currency) by reducing the level of valuable steel into the coins.
    • reduced worth by enhancing the base-metal content
    • corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
    • corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior material; usually by replacing important components with inferior ones
  • others:
    • to cut back in high quality or condition; impair the purity, really worth, or credit of; vitiate; adulterate: as, to debase silver or silver by alloy.
    • to reduce or impair morally; degrade.
    • Synonyms Debase, Degrade, etc. (see abase), lower, weaken, dishonor, alloy, taint, corrupt, defile. See listing under degrade.

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