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debase

de·base

debase

 
pronunciation:
dih beIs
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: debased, debases, debasing
definition: to reduce in value, quality, esteem, or character.
Severe inflation may debase a nation's currency.The scandal debased the politician in the eyes of the voters.
synonyms:
degrade, demean, depress, deteriorate, devalue, impair, pervert
antonyms:
enhance, exalt
similar words:
abase, corrupt, deflate, deprave, disgrace, disparage, lower, pollute, reduce, rot, ruin, taint, weaken
derivations: debasingly (adv.), debasement (n.), debaser (n.)
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The word debase contains the following part: