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Princeton's WordNet

  1. corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch, debase, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirectverb

    corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

    "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals"

  2. debase, alloyverb

    lower in value by increasing the base-metal content

  3. load, adulterate, stretch, dilute, debaseverb

    corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones

    "adulterate liquor"


  1. debaseverb

    To lower in character, quality, or value; to degrade.

  2. debaseverb

    To lower in position or rank.

  3. debaseverb

    To lower the value of (a currency) by reducing the amount of valuable metal in the coins.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DEBASEverb

    Etymology: from base.

    intended to teach, that pleasure and sensuality debase men into beasts. Notes on the Odyssey.

    As much as you raise silver, you debase gold; for they are in the condition of two things, put in opposite scales; as much as the one rises, the other falls. John Locke.

    It is a kind of taking God’s name in vain, to debase religion with such frivolous disputes. Richard Hooker, b. v. sect. 30.

    A man of large possessions has not leisure to consider of every slight expence, and will not debase himself to the management of every trifle. Dryden.

    Restraining others, yet himself not free;
    Made impotent by pow’r, debas’d by dignity. Dryden.

    He ought to be careful of not letting his subject debase his style, and betray him into a meanness of expression. Addison.

    He reformed the coin, which was much adulterated and debased in the times and troubles of king Stephen. Matthew Hale.

    Words so debas’d and hard, no stone
    Was hard enough to touch them on. Hudibras, p. i. cant. 1.


  1. debase

    A debasement of coinage is the practice of lowering the intrinsic value of coins, especially when used in connection with commodity money, such as gold or silver coins. A coin is said to be debased if the quantity of gold, silver, copper or nickel in the coin is reduced.


  1. debase

    To debase is to reduce the quality, value, or dignity of something or someone, often through corruption, falsification, or by adding inferior elements.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Debaseadjective

    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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Debase

    de-bās′, v.t. to lower: to make mean or of less value: to adulterate.—adj. Debased′, degraded: (her.) reversed.—n. Debase′ment, degradation.—adj. Debas′ing, tending to lower or degrade.—adv. Debas′ingly. [L. de, down, and base, low.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of debase in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of debase in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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