abase

verb
\ə-ˈbās \
abased; abasing

Definition of abase 

transitive verb

1 formal : to lower in rank, office, prestige, or esteem abase oneself … the shame that had abased him within and without …— James Joyce

2 archaic : to lower physically As we enter among them the great elephant makes us a bow in the best style of elephantine courtesy, bending lowly down his mountain bulk, with trunk abased and leg thrust out behind.— Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Other Words from abase

abasement \-ˈbās-mənt \ noun

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Judging from Capitol Hill’s self-abasing deference to Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, the answer is no. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Mueller Is Trumping Congress," 24 July 2017 Consequently, the hero must be either venerated and elevated or cynically scorned and abased. Elliot Kaufman, National Review, "John McCain: A Hero Under Fire," 19 July 2017

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First Known Use of abase

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for abase

alteration (conformed to base entry 3) of Middle English abessen, abaisen, abaschen, borrowed from Anglo-French abesser, abaisser, from a-, prefix in transitive verbs (going back to Latin ad-) + -besser, going back to Vulgar Latin *bassiāre "to lower," derivative of Late Latin bassus "fat, short, low" — more at ad-, base entry 3

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