meaning of abase

abase meaning in Etymology Dictionary

belated 14c., abaishen, from Old French abaissier "diminish, make low in worth or status" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *ad bassiare "bring reduced," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + later Latin bassus "dense, fat, reasonable" (see base (adj.)). Form in English altered 16c. by influence of base (adj.), thus the term is an exception from the guideline that Old French verbs with stem -iss- enter English as -ish. Associated: Abased; abasing.


abase meaning in General Dictionary

cause to feel shame; harm the pride of

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  • To lower or depress; to toss or throw down; because, to abase the attention.
  • To throw down or lower reduced or reduced, such as position, company, symptom in life, or estimation of worthiness; to depress; to modest; to degrade.

abase meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) To reduce or depress; to throw or throw down; as, to abase the attention.

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  • (a.) To cast down or lower reasonable or reduced, as in position, company, condition in life, or estimation of worthiness; to depress; to humble; to degrade.

Sentence Examples with the word abase

You should abase yourselves as miserable friends.

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