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1 to lower in character, dignity, or quality
  • we debase ourselves when we adopt the moral code and behavior of our despised enemies

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Synonyms & Antonyms of debasement (Entry 2 of 2)

a sinking to a state of low moral standards and behavior
  • the debasement of professional sports to a shamelessly commercial enterprise

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debase, vitiate, deprave, corrupt, debauch, pervert mean to cause deterioration or lowering in quality or character. debase implies a loss of position, worth, value, or dignity. commercialism has debased the holiday vitiate implies a destruction of purity, validity, or effectiveness by allowing entrance of a fault or defect. a foreign policy vitiated by partisanship deprave implies moral deterioration by evil thoughts or influences. the claim that society is depraved by pornography corrupt implies loss of soundness, purity, or integrity. the belief that bureaucratese corrupts the language debauch implies a debasing through sensual indulgence. the long stay on a tropical isle had debauched the ship's crew pervert implies a twisting or distorting from what is natural or normal. perverted the original goals of the institute

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The first known use of debase was in 1565

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“Debase.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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