verb \ə-ˈbās\

Definition of ABASE

transitive verb
archaic :  to lower physically
:  to lower in rank, office, prestige, or esteem
abase·ment \-ˈbās-mənt\ noun

Examples of ABASE

  1. <was unwilling to abase himself by pleading guilty to a crime that he did not commit>
  2. <I certainly don't abase myself when I do good, honest manual labor.>

Origin of ABASE

Middle English abassen, from Anglo-French abesser, abaisser, from a- (from Latin ad-) + -besser, from Vulgar Latin *bassiare to lower
First Known Use: 15th century


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