the product quality or problem to be base degradation vileness
- unworthiness by virtue of lacking greater values
- the high quality or condition to be base; degradation; vileness.
1550s, from base (adj.) + -ness.
(letter.) The product quality or condition to be base; degradation; vileness.
The treaty of Breda with Holland (21st of July 1667) removed the danger, but not the ignominy, and Charles showed the real baseness of his character when he joined in the popular outcry against Clarendon, the upright and devoted adherent of his father and himself during twenty-five years of misfortune, and drove him into poverty and exile in his old age, recalling ominously Charles I.'s betrayal of Strafford.