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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 de·base /dɪˈbes, di-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·base v. t. [imp. & p. p. Debased p. pr. & vb. n. Debasing.]  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 words.
    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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: 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" [syn: corrupt,
            pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch,
            profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirect]
      2: lower in value by increasing the base-metal content [syn: alloy]
      3: corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or
         inferior substance; often by replacing valuable
         ingredients with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor" [syn:
         adulterate, stretch, dilute]