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EtymologyEdit

abase +‎ -ment. Compare French abaissement.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /əˈbeɪs.mənt/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪsmənt

NounEdit

abasement (countable and uncountable, plural abasements)

  1. The act of abasing, humbling, or bringing low. [Mid 16th century.][1][2]
  2. The state of being abased or humbled; humiliation. [Mid 16th century][1][2]
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury, 2005, Chapter 17 (ii),
      He was wearing cavalry twill trousers and a buff crew-neck sweater. The effect was of symbolic abasement mixed with military resolve []

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 [1998], →ISBN), page 2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], →ISBN), page 2

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