Abase meaning

ə-bās
The definition of abase means to make someone lower, either by making him feel humiliated or by actually demoting his position.

An example of abase is a bully taunting a victim.

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To lower; cast down.
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To humble or humiliate.

He abased himself before the king.

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(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)]
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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)]
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To lower in rank, prestige, or esteem.
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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”).

    From Wiktionary