Debase - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪˈbeɪs|  American pronunciation of the word debase
Brit.  |dɪˈbeɪs|  British pronunciation of the word debase

verb

- corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality (syn: corrupt, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, subvert, vitiate)
- lower in value by increasing the base-metal content (syn: alloy)
- corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones (syn: adulterate, dilute, load, stretch)

Examples

The governor debased himself by lying to the public.

The holiday has been debased by commercialism.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: debase
he/she/it: debases
present participle: debasing
past tense: debased
past participle: debased
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