abase

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verb \ə-ˈbās\

Definition of abase

abased

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abasing

  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

abasement

play \-ˈbās-mənt\ noun

Origin and Etymology of abase

alteration (conformed to 3base) 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-, 3base


First Known Use: 14th century





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