Definition of debase
1 : to lower in status, esteem, quality, or character debased himself by lying to his supporters … a constitutional amendment that would allow Congress to outlaw debasing the American flag. — Time This is not to say that you should be prepared to debase camping standards. — The Scout Leader's Handbook
2a : to reduce the intrinsic value of (a coin) by increasing the base-metal contentb : to reduce the exchange value of (a monetary unit)
debasementplay \-ˈbās-mənt\ noun
debaserplay \-ˈbā-sər\ noun
Examples of debase in a Sentence
The governor debased himself by lying to the public.
The holiday has been debased by commercialism.
Recent Examples of debase from the Web
Over many years, his voice rang out forcefully in the public square, especially against Mussolini, whom Toscanini hated for debasing his beloved Italy.
Certainly Republican lawmakers have found a number of new and interesting ways to debase themselves vis-à-vis Trump.
The announcement may read as hollow given that the Trump Administration has openly supported policies that exclude and debase people of color.
The debasing view of girls leads many families to rid themselves of these children, seeing girls as a worthless drain on family resources.
When Haiti won its independence from France’s enslavement, the European country got to work debasing the first free black nation.
The monumentally unpopular Christie spent the better part of the campaign debasing himself in sad and hilarious ways, the hope being that his loyalty to Trump would earn him a fancy cabinet job—
For many years, a succession of emperors had debased the currency and imposed ruinous taxes on the populace, driving many to starvation.
Popular culture is popular for a reason; even the most forgettable and disposable works touch on matters of authentic psychological urgency, despite distorting and falsifying and debasing them.
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Debase is often used to talk about someone's lowered status or character. People are constantly blustering about the debased tastes of the ordinary American, and especially the debased music of America's youth. A commentator might observe that both candidates had managed to debase themselves by the end of a political campaign. Debase has a special meaning in economics: From time to time, governments find that they need to quietly debase their countries' currency by reducing the percentage of valuable metal in its coins; if they don't, the metal may become more valuable than the coin and people will begin melting the coins down and reselling the metal.
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DEBASE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of debase for English Language Learners
: to lower the value or reputation of (someone or something) : to make (someone or something) less respected
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