An example of abase is a bully taunting a victim.
He abased himself before the king.
Origin of abase
- Middle English abassen from Old French abaissier Latin ad- ad- Vulgar Latin bassiāre (from Medieval Latin bassus low)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).