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a·base

abase

 
pronunciation:
beIs
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: abases, abasing, abased
definition: to bring down the rank, status, or reputation of; degrade.
The conquerors abased the local chieftain by parading him through the streets in a cart.The former senator had abased himself by his involvement in a sex scandal.
synonyms:
degrade, demean, disgrace, dishonor, shame
antonyms:
exalt, extol
similar words:
badmouth, belittle, besmirch, deprecate, disparage, downgrade, lower, put down, rot, slander, smear, smirch, vilify
derivation: abasement (n.)