Last modified on 20 June 2013, at 01:37
From em- + base. Compare Old French embaissier.
embase (third-person singular simple present embases, present participle embasing, simple past and past participle embased)
- (obsolete) Physically to lower.
- Embased the valleys, and embossed the hills. — Sylvester.
- (obsolete, transitive) To bring down or lower in position, status, etc.; to degrade, humiliate.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.1:
- And either vowd with all their power and witt / To let not others honour be defaste / Of friend or foe, who ever it embaste [...].
- Such pitiful embellishments of speech as serve for nothing but to embase divinity. — South.
- (obsolete) To lower the value of (a coin, commodity etc.); to debase (a coin) with alloy.
- Alloy in coin of gold […] may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it. — Francis Bacon.