Definitions for abaseəˈbeɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•baseəˈbeɪs(v.t.)a•based, a•bas•ing.

  1. to lower in rank, dignity, or estimation; humble; humiliate; degrade.

Origin of abase:

1470–80; ME < AF abesser, abaisser, OF abaissier=a- a-5+-baissier < VL *bassiare, v. der. of LL bassus; see base2

a•bas′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. humiliate, mortify, chagrin, humble, abase(verb)

    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of

    "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss"

Wiktionary

  1. abase(Verb)

    To lower physically or depress; to stoop; to throw or cast down; as, to abase the eye.

    "Saying so, he abased his lance." - Thomas Shelton

  2. abase(Verb)

    To cast down or to lower, as in rank, office, condition in life or estimation of worthiness, so as to hurt feelings or cause pain; to depress; to humiliate; to humble; to degrade.

    "Whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased." - Luke 14:11

  3. Origin: * First attested in 1539.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abase(adj)

    to lower or depress; to throw or cast down; as, to abase the eye

  2. Abase(adj)

    to cast down or reduce low or lower, as in rank, office, condition in life, or estimation of worthiness; to depress; to humble; to degrade


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