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EtymologyEdit

From de- +‎ base, from Old French bas, from Latin bassus. Cognate with Spanish debajo (under, beneath, below).

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debase (third-person singular simple present debases, present participle debasing, simple past and past participle debased)

  1. (transitive) To lower in character, quality, or value; to degrade.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To lower in position or rank.[1]
  3. (transitive) To lower the value of (a currency) by reducing the amount of valuable metal in the coins.

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  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.

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