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debase

verb

1 debase

Corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality.

synonyms: corrupt, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, subvert, vitiate.

Roget 653: be unclean, become unclean etc. adj.; rot, putrefy, ferment, fester, rankle, reek; stink etc. 401; mold, ... show more

Roget 874: be inglorious etc. adj.; incur disgrace etc. n.; have a bad name, earn a bad name; put a halter round one's neck, wear a halter round one's neck; disgrace oneself, expose oneself.    play second fiddle; ... show more

Roget 308: depress, lower, let down, take down, let down a peg, take down a peg; cast; let drop, let fall; sink, debase, bring low, abase, reduce, ... show more

Roget 800: amount to, come to, mount up to; touch the pocket; draw, draw upon; indorse etc. (security) 771; issue, utter; discount etc. ... show more

Dutch: bederven, corrumperen



2 debase

Lower in value by increasing the base-metal content.

synonym: alloy.

3 debase

Corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones.

synonyms: adulterate, dilute, load, stretch.

Dutch: verdunnen


adjective

Roget 659: unimproved etc. (improve) etc. 658; deteriorated etc. v.; altered, altered for the worse; injured etc. v.; ... show more

Moby thesaurus: abase, abash, abuse, adulterate, alloy, bastardize, bear down, befoul, belittle, bring down, bring into discredit, bring low, bring shame upon, brutalize, bump, bust, canker, cast down, cast reproach upon, cheapen ... show more.

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