de·​bas·​ing | \ di-ˈbā-siŋ How to pronounce debasing (audio) , dē- \

Definition of debasing

: causing a lowering of someone or something in status, esteem, quality, or character … a publication littered with debasing comments about women …— Kate Kelly and David Enrich And certainly African-Americans, who have long observed the debasing effect of racism on whites, may know a moral refinement that an oppressor cannot.— Emily Hiestand Feminists said the spiteful interactions that the shows sometimes encouraged were debasing to the contestants.— Patrick Kingsley

First Known Use of debasing

1630, in the meaning defined above

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“Debasing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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