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(Entry 1 of 3)

to find a basis
  • she based her argument on careful research

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Synonyms & Antonyms of base (Entry 2 of 3)

1 an immaterial thing upon which something else rests
  • the firm belief that complete trust between partners is the base of any successful marriage

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2 a place from which an advance (as for military operations) is made
  • the army's base of attack was kept top secret until the battle began

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3 a thing or place that is of greatest importance to an activity or interest
  • the base of the industry is California's Silicon Valley

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4 the lowest part, place, or point
  • the base of the mountain extends over a huge area
  • make sure the base of the stove rests evenly on the floor

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5 the place from which a commander runs operations
  • the army base is three miles down the road

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Synonyms & Antonyms of base (Entry 3 of 3)

2 showing, expressing, or offered in a spirit of humility or unseemly submissiveness
  • their base obedience to every unprincipled action ordered by their leader

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How does the adjective base contrast with its synonyms?

The words low and vile are common synonyms of base. While all three words mean "deserving of contempt because of the absence of higher values," base stresses the ignoble and may suggest cruelty, treachery, greed, or grossness.

base motives

When is low a more appropriate choice than base?

The meanings of low and base largely overlap; however, low may connote crafty cunning, vulgarity, or immorality and regularly implies an outraging of one's sense of decency or propriety.

refused to listen to such low talk

Where would vile be a reasonable alternative to base?

In some situations, the words vile and base are roughly equivalent. However, vile, the strongest of these words, tends to suggest disgusting depravity or filth.

a vile remark

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The first known use of base was in the 14th century

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“Base.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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