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definition of the word abase

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From Old French abaissier, from a- + baissier "to lower", from Late Latin bassus "short".

Infinitive
to abase

Third person singular
abases

Simple past
abased

Past participle
abased

Present participle
abasing

to abase (third-person singular simple present abases, present participle abasing, simple past and past participle abased)

  1. (archaic) To lower physically or depress; to stoop; to throw or cast down; as, to abase the eye.
    "Saying so, he abased his lance." - Shelton
  2. To cast down or to lower, as in rank, office, condition in life or estimation of worthiness, so as to hurt feelings or cause pain; to depress; to humiliate; to humble; to degrade.
    "Whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased." - Luke 14:11


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