De·based a. Her. Turned upside down from its proper position; inverted; reversed.
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.
adj 1: mixed with impurities [syn: adulterate, adulterated]
2: lowered in value; "the dollar is low"; "a debased currency"
[syn: devalued, degraded]
3: ruined in character or quality [syn: corrupted, vitiated]