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Meaning of DEBASE

Pronunciation:  di'beys

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor"
  2. [v]  lower in value by increasing the base-metal content; of metals
  3. [v]  corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals"

DEBASE is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: adulterate, alloy, corrupt, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, dilute, misdirect, pervert, profane, stretch, subvert, vitiate
 See Also: alter, bastardise, bastardize, carnalise, carnalize, change, corrupt, devalue, doctor, doctor up, infect, lead astray, lead off, poison, sensualise, sensualize, sophisticate, spoil, suborn, water down, whore



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*base"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Debased}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Debasing}.] [Pref. de- + base. See {Base}, a., and cf.
To reduce from a higher to a lower state or grade of worth,
dignity, purity, station, etc.; to degrade; to lower; to
deteriorate; to abase; as, to debase the character by crime;
to debase the mind by frivolity; to debase style by vulgar

      The coin which was adulterated and debased. --Hale.

      It is a kind of taking God's name in vain to debase
      religion with such frivolous disputes.   --Hooker.

      And to debase the sons, exalts the sires. --Pope.

Syn: To abase; degrade. See {Abase}.

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