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Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v abase cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abase 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. "Whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased ."
    • Abase To lower or depress; to throw or cast down; as, to abase the eye. "Saying so, he abased his lance."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abase To lower or depress, as a thing; bring down.
    • abase To reduce or lower, as in rank, estimation, office, and the like; depress; humble; degrade. Synonyms Abase, Debase, Degrade, Humiliate, Humble, Disgrace, depress, bring low, dishonor, cast down. Abase, to bring down in feelings or condition; it is less often used than humiliate or humble. Debase, to lower morally or in quality: as, a debased nature; debased coinage. Degrade, literally, to bring down a step, to lower in rank, often used as an official or military term, but figuratively used of lowering morally: as, intemperance degrades its victims; a degrading employment. Humiliate, to reduce in the estimation of one's self or of others; it includes abasement of feeling or loss of self-respect. Humble, to abase, generally without ignominy; induce humility in; reflexively, to become humble, restrain one's pride, act humbly. Disgrace, literally, to put out of favor, but always with ignominy; bring shame upon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Abase a-bās′ to cast down: to humble: to degrade
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Quotations

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    Bible
    “Whoever shall exalt himself shall be abased, and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. abaisser, LL. abassare, abbassare, ; ad, + bassare, fr. bassus, low. See Base (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. abaissier, to bring low—L. ad, to, and root of Base, adj.

Usage

In literature:

Here religion, which too long suffered abasement, is exalted.
"Atlantic Monthly,Volume 14, No. 82, August, 1864" by Various
They were powerless, and their only hope was in self-abasement.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
After a self abasement, which for shame's sake we must pass over, the young man felt happier.
"In Luck at Last" by Walter Besant
A French word, generally used in heraldry instead of the English word abased.
"The Manual of Heraldry; Fifth Edition" by Anonymous
I confess, with self-abasement, that I once loved you, and with deep humiliation, amounting to agony, that that love was the cause of my ruin.
"Ellen Walton" by Alvin Addison
This is so great a truth that they regard as nothing any Castilian whom they see abased and ragged.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXIII, 1629-30" by Various
Plain I behold my former prayer perform'd, Myself exalted, and the Greeks abased.
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
Really, it abases me.
"The Pride of Palomar" by Peter B. Kyne
And then the degradation to which he had been forced to abase himself!
"Eveline Mandeville" by Alvin Addison
We see abasement hastening after thee, whilst thou art of the heedless.
"Epistle to the Son of the Wolf" by Bahá’u’lláh
Whom he commended was elevated, and whom he denounced was abased.
"A Short History of France" by Mary Platt Parmele
Were her pride and courage abased, too?
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
She herself well knew her own abasement, and at times disgust seized her.
"The House of the Combrays" by G. le Notre
It was a sight of abasement that sent a shiver through one's veins.
"Guy Livingstone;" by George A. Lawrence
Custom insisted that my hostess urge my acceptance as she abased herself by touching her forehead to her hands folded upon the floor.
"The House of the Misty Star" by Fannie Caldwell Macaulay
His very self-abasement made his plea more strong.
"The Dreamer" by Mary Newton Stanard
Which of us has not been tried by irrational awe, fear, pride, abasement, exultation?
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
So, leaving Sholto standing by the lakeside with bowed head and abased sword, the strange woman went her way to work out her appointed task.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
He oscillates between a profound abasement and a paradoxical elation of the spirit.
"Winds Of Doctrine" by George Santayana
Though I feel the working of sin, and am abased, yet Jesus shows his mercy to be mine, and I trust that I am his.
"The Annals of the Poor" by Legh Richmond
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In poetry:

My heart is in woe,
And my soul deep in trouble,—
For the mighty are low,
And abased are the noble:
"The Downfall Of The Gael" by Samuel Ferguson
Broken, forlorn, upon the Desert sand
That sucks these tears, and utterly abased,
Looking across the lonely, level land,
With thoughts more desolate than any waste.
"Mahomed Akram's Appeal To The Stars" by Laurence Hope
Persian, you rise
Aflame from climes of sacrifice
Where adulators sue,
And prostrate man, with brow abased,
Adheres to rites whose tenor traced
All worship hitherto.
"The New Zealot To The Sun" by Herman Melville
Satan and his host amazed,
Saw this stone in Zion laid;
Jesus, though to death abased,
Bruised the subtle serpent's head:
When to save us, on the cross his blood he shed.
"On One Stone Shall Be Seven Eyes" by John Newton
"Sir Simon de Montfort my subject shall be;
Once chief of all the great barons was he,
Yet fortune so cruel this lord did abase,
Now lost and forgotten are he and his race.
"The Beggar's Daughter Of Bethnal Green" by Henry Morley
If, haply such the fair Judean finds,
Self-knowledge wept the abasing truth to know;
And innate Pride, that queen of noble minds,
Crushed them indignant ere a bud could grow.
"Description Of Egla" by Maria Gowen Brooks

In news:

With desserts being a sin, there are some who want to grovel in their decadence, abasing themselves with dense three-chocolate cakes globbed over in chocolate sauce and canned whipped cream.
With desserts being a sin, there are some who want to grovel in their decadence, abasing themselves with dense three-chocolate cakes globbed over in chocolate sauce and canned whipped cream .
Willie Nelson, Charlene Kay, Attic Abasement and more.
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In science:

There is also a hint –in no way significant– of a low-energy positron excess 9,8 . aBased on a talk at the January 1998 Moriond Meeting at Les Arcs, France.
Avatars of a Matter-Antimatter Universe
This line of research is currently actively pursued with the goal of creating a kind of “multi-body” formalism abased on the connection to the field equations .
Pseudolocalized Three-dimensional Solitary Waves as Quasi-Particles
There are large uncertainties, however, in both aBased on a talk given by C.G. at the DPF96 meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 1996.
Towards a next-to-leading logarithmic result in $B \to X_s \gamma$
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