verb \ə-ˈbās\

Definition of abase




  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 formal :  to lower in rank, office, prestige, or esteem <abase oneself> < … the shame that had abased him within and without … — James Joyce>

  3. 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>


play \-ˈbās-mənt\ noun

Origin and Etymology 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: 14th century

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