Definitions for abaseəˈbeɪs
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
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
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"
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
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
Origin: * First attested in 1539.
to lower or depress; to throw or cast down; as, to abase the eye
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