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Princeton's WordNet

  1. baseness, sordidness, contemptibility, despicableness, despicabilitynoun

    unworthiness by virtue of lacking higher values


  1. basenessnoun

    The quality or condition of being base.

  2. basenessnoun

    The quality of being unworthy to hold virtues or value.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Basenessnoun

    Etymology: from base.

    Such is the power of that sweet passion,
    That it all sordid baseness doth expel. Edmund Spenser, Hymn on Love.

    When a man’s folly must be spread open before the angels, and all his baseness ript up before those pure spirits, this will be a double hell. South.

    Your soul’s above the baseness of distrust:
    Nothing but love could make you so unjust. John Dryden, Aureng.

    We alleged the fraudulent obtaining and executing his patent, the baseness of his metal, and the prodigious sum to be coined. Jonathan Swift.

    Why brand they us
    With base? with baseness? bastardy? William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    The just and measured proportion of the air percussed towards the baseness or trebleness of tones, is one of the greatest secrets in the contemplation of sounds. Francis Bacon, Nat. History.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Basenessnoun

    the quality or condition of being base; degradation; vileness

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of baseness in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of baseness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of baseness in a Sentence

  1. Akhlak-i-Jalali:

    All property which comes to hand by means of violence, or infamy, or baseness, however large it may be, is tainted and unblest. On the other hand, whatever is obtained by honest profit, small though it be, brings a blessing with it.*

  2. Leon Trotsky:

    Life is not an easy matter. You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.

  3. James Russell Lowell:

    In the ocean of baseness, the deeper we get, the easier the sinking.

  4. R Chamberlain:

    When the scale of sensuality bears down that of reason, the baseness of our nature conducts us to most preposterous conclusions.

  5. Bryant McGill:

    Courtesy is a silver lining around the dark clouds of civilization; it is the best part of refinement and in many ways, an art of heroic beauty in the vast gallery of man’s cruelty and baseness.

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