What does abase mean?

Definitions for abaseəˈbeɪs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word abase.

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"


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abase

    a-bās′, v.t. to cast down: to humble: to degrade.—adjs. Abā′sed, Abaissé (her.), depressed.—n. Abase′ment, state of humiliation. [O. Fr. abaissier, to bring low—L. ad, to, and root of Base, adj.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abase in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abase in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robertson Davies:

    The people of the United States, perhaps more than any other nation in history, love to abase themselves and proclaim their unworthiness, and seem to find refreshment in doing so... That is a dark frivolity, but still frivolity.

  2. Robert Cecil:

    We hear much of a decent pride, a becoming proud, a noble pride, a laudable pride. Can that be decent, of which we ought to be ashamed? Can that be becoming, of which God has set forth the deformity? Can that be noble which God resists and is determined to abase? Can that be laudable, which God call abominable.

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