• WordNet 3.6
    • n debasement changing to a lower state (a less respected state)
    • n debasement being mixed with extraneous material; the product of adulterating
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Debasement The act of debasing or the state of being debased.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n debasement The act of debasing, or the state of being debased. Impairment of purity, fineness, or value; adulteration.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Debasement degradation
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  • Simone Weil
    “Whatever debases the intelligence degrades the entire human being.”
  • Cathy Better
    Cathy Better
    “Life is raw material. We are artisans. We can sculpt our existence into something beautiful, or debase it into ugliness. It's in our hands.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Nuptial love makes mankind; friendly love perfects it; but wanton love corrupts and debases it.”
  • Gore Vidal
    “The theater needs continual reminders that there is nothing more debasing than the work of those who do well what is not worth doing at all.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. de, down, and base, low.


In literature:

He must feel that if he should debase himself he would dishonor her, and that he cannot do.
"The Reconstructed School" by Francis B. Pearson
But this man who was usually austere and always unafraid, was feeling a strange terror of the debased and slouching figure before him.
"The Just and the Unjust" by Vaughan Kester
You do not feel, how such a trade debases; How ill it suits the Artist, proud and true!
"Faust" by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Democracy unrestrained by domestic slavery, multiplies the laboring classes indefinitely, but it debases the mechanic.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I, No. V, May, 1862" by Various
And his Norse instincts will be nearer truth than your counterfeit of a debased Christianity.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
Make me careful to avoid the things that debase life.
"Leaves of Life" by Margaret Bird Steinmetz
The style is debased.
"Your United States" by Arnold Bennett
Posterity, in exalting the one and debasing the other, shows how modest Beethoven was in the matter.
"Beethoven" by George Alexander Fischer
There was that debased form of patriotism called Jingoism.
"A Century of Wrong" by F. W. Reitz
The masses of the nobles were thoroughly corrupt, and the masses of the people ignorant and debased.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott

In poetry:

'Twas the Sabbath. From my casement
Glanced mine eye along the road;
Scene I saw of dark debasement—
Blush, Oh earth! forgive, Oh God!
"A True Story: To Young Abstainers" by Janet Hamilton
Under what spell are we debased
By fears for our inviolate Isle,
Whose record is of dangers faced
And flung to heel with even smile?
Is it a vaster force, a subtler guile?
"The Call" by George Meredith
It is too much the fashion to strain at effects,--
Yes, that's what's the matter with Hannah!
Our popular taste, by the tyros debased,
Paints each barnyard a grove of Diana!
"Consistency" by Eugene Field
But come not here to batter and debase,
Nor hoping to reach license unconfined;
No alien hand our inscriptions may efface,
Justice may be, but vigilant Freedom is not, blind!
"America" by Maurice Thompson
May God then give to ev'ry Christian grace,
To drink no more than nature does suffice —
Lest he himself shou'd through excess debase,
And damn both soul and body by this vice.
"Advice To The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard
"What! shall I stain the glories of my race,
More clear, more lovely bright, than Hesper's beam?
The porcelain pure with vulgar dirt debase?
Or mix with puddle the pellucid stream?
"Elegy XVI. He Suggests the Advantage of Birth To a Person of Merit" by William Shenstone

In news:

Remember, Paul Ryan freaked about out about CURRENCY DEBASEMENT back in 2011 -- when, well, the currency was most definitely not debased .
Did Ephron liberate or debase women.
An election that debased our dreams.
The VP debate debased .
Church Must Not Be Debased to Fashion of the Times.
Debased Dollar Getting On Brazil Fin Min's Nerves.
Lame Fareed Zakaria defenses show confused, debased state of journalism.
"There is nothing more insidious that a country can do to its citizens than debase its currency".
Havoc continues throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa ignited by the debasing stereotypes and grotesque portrayals depicted in the film, Innocence of Islam.
Not satisfied with debasing and trivializing writing, painting, sculpture, and the performing arts, our buzz-loving, Tina Brownish pop culture arbiters are now playing with our food.
Some Say Popular Software Debases Public Speaking .
It's not that people have decided, with Jean-Jacques Rousseau , that they hate books because they're debasing and corrupting.
From Dominique Strauss-Kahn to Casey Anthony to Rupert Murdoch, the media are debasing the public conversation—and therefore our democratic process.
How sexual harassment law debases politics and journalism.
The condiment debasing jerk who posted a photograph of himself standing in lettuce during his shift at a Cleveland area Burger King has been fired along with two others.