abase(verb)To lower physically or depress; to stoop; to throw or cast down; as, to abase the eye.
abase(verb)To cast down or to lower, as in rank, office, condition in life or estimation of worthiness, so as to hurt feelings or cause pain; to depress; to humiliate; to humble; to degrade.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Abase refers only to outward conditions. "Exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high." Ezek. xxi, 26. Debase applies to quality or character. The coinage is debased by excess of alloy, the man by vice. Humble in present use refers chiefly to feeling of heart; humiliate to outward conditions; even when one is said to humble himself, he either has or affects to have humility of heart. To disgrace may be to bring or inflict odium upon others, but the word is chiefly and increasingly applied to such moral odium as one by his own acts brings upon himself; the noun disgrace retains more of the passive sense than the verb; he disgraced himself by his conduct; he brought disgrace upon his family. To dishonor a person is to deprive him of honor that should or might be given. To discredit one is to injure his reputation, as for veracity or solvency. A sense of unworthiness humbles; a shameful insult humiliates; imprisonment for crime disgraces. Degrade may refer to either station or character. An officer is degraded by being reduced to the ranks, disgraced by cowardice; vile practises degrade; drunkenness is a degrading vice. Misfortune or injustice may abase the good; nothing but their own ill-doing can debase or disgrace them.
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- понижа́вам, унижа́вамBulgarian
- darostwng, iselhauWelsh
- degradar, humillar, rebajarSpanish
- alentaa, nöyryyttääFinnish
- rabaisser, humilier, baisser, abaisserFrench
- अपमानित करनाHindi
- auðmýkja, niðurlægjaIcelandic
- fornedre, ydmykeNorwegian
- humilhar, abater, rebaixar, abaixarPortuguese
- уни́зить, унижа́тьRussian
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