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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

 debasing
      adj : used of conduct; characterized by dishonor [syn: degrading]