IPA: ʌbeɪs


  • (transitive) To lower, as in condition in life, office, rank, etc., so as to cause pain or hurt feelings; to degrade, to depress, to humble, to humiliate.
  • (transitive, archaic) To lower physically; to depress; to cast or throw down; to stoop.
  • (transitive, obsolete) To lower in value, in particular by altering the content of alloys in coins; to debase.

Examples of "abase" in Sentences

  • He abased himself.
  • The comments abased the reputation.
  • I abase myself before the new king.
  • It is not nice to abase someone's work.
  • They should not have abased the musician.
  • They always abased upon others' writings.
  • Gismonda and Adelberto must abase themselves.
  • He tried to not to abase anyone other than himself.
  • Are you a member of a cult that requires you abase yourself
  • Are you a member of a cult that requires you to abase yourself
  • What would possess anyone to take such blessings and abase them with dollar signs?
  • Lewis has now been forced to abase himself in front of the world's media, and apologise for lying.
  • The human spirit is fashioned in the likeness of the Creator: it is improper to abase that spirit to some other component of the Creation.
  • Coleridge was evidently one of those people who abase themselves excessively in the hope of never having to hear their faults expressed on the lips of others.
  • In return for their financial support I will promise never, ever to take tea with the Dalai Lama, to stop complaining about their currency manipulation, and to abase myself in any other way they deem appropriate.
  • Next week, the odds are that she will have to abase herself before the conservative and relatively euro-skeptic wing of her own party if, as seems likely, the Christian Democrats lose control of the conservative citadel of Baden-Württemberg.
  • Where the people are Catholic and submissive to the law of God, as declared and applied by the vicar of Christ and supreme pastor of the church, democracy may be a good form of government; but combined with Protestantism or infidelity in the people, its inevitable tendency is to lower the standard of morality, to enfeeble intellect, to abase character, and to retard civilization, as even our short American experience amply proves.

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