Bullying has abased this child.
An example of abase is a bully taunting a victim.
transitive verbabased′, abas′ing
- to humble or humiliate: he abased himself before the king
- Archaic to lower; cast down
Origin of abaseMiddle English abessen from Old French abaissier from Medieval Latin abassare, to lower, bring down from Classical Latin ad- (see a-) + Vulgar Latin bassus, low
transitive verba·based, a·bas·ing, a·bas·es
Origin of abaseMiddle English abassen from Old French abaissier Latin ad- ad- Vulgar Latin bassiāre to lower ( from bassus low ) ( perhaps of Oscan origin ) ( akin to Bassus ) ( Bassius Roman cognomens borne by men of Campanian origin and perhaps originally referring to squat stature )
(third-person singular simple present abases, present participle abasing, simple past and past participle abased)
- (archaic) To lower physically or depress; to stoop; to throw or cast down; as, to abase the eye. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470)]
- To lower, as in rank, office, condition in life, so as to hurt feelings or cause pain; to depress; to humiliate; to humble; to degrade. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470)]
From Middle English abaisse, abesse, abessen, abaishen, abassen, from Middle French abaisser, from Old French abaissier (“bring low”), from Old French a- + baissier (“to lower”), from Vulgar Latin abbassiāre (“to lower”), from Medieval Latin bassus (“short of stature, low, humble”).