Adjective "abased" definition and examples

(Abased may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/əˈbeɪs/

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Definitions and examples

verb

Behave in a way that belittles or degrades (someone)
  1. 'How easily an ancient civilization can be made to abase itself completely.'
  2. 'I abased myself in such a way that it makes me cringe to even remember it.'
  3. 'She recently remarked that the adoption of foreign accents ‘for jobs in call centres shows how easily an ancient civilisation can be made to abase itself completely’.'
  4. 'Come fall, the rich and the powerful abase themselves for a seat in the owner's box.'
  5. 'No, Cyril, you need not kneel and abase yourself.'
  6. 'And please let me, or any other liberal, know if there is anything else we can do to abase ourselves.'
  7. 'Eleven million people took to the streets last weekend to show their solidarity in the face of terror, and two days later voted to abase themselves before it.'
  8. 'Thus he enters the dining room ready to abase himself because he disdains everyone else.'
  9. 'The more politics abases itself before the values of TV entertainment, the less it represents the real political process.'
  10. 'Generally, those of the lower orders abased themselves through prostration in front of those who outranked them.'

More definitions

1. (of a charge) lower on an escutcheon than is usual: a bend abased.

More examples(as adjective)

"families can be abased."

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French abaissier, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + baissier ‘to lower’, based on late Latin bassus ‘short of stature’. The spelling has been influenced by base.