de·base /dɪˈbes, di-/
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.
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]