[ UK /dɪbˈe‍ɪs/ ]
[ US /dəˈbeɪs/ ]
VERB
  1. corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
    Do school counselors subvert young children?
    corrupt the morals
    debauch the young people with wine and women
    Socrates was accused of corrupting young men
  2. lower in value by increasing the base-metal content
  3. corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
    adulterate liquor
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How To Use debase In A Sentence

  • When it comes to playing debased, self-destructive women, Leigh is the best actress in Hollywood.
  • Instead of being authentic art, music becomes a thing to be bought and sold, which debases the very meaning of the music and defangs the threat.
  • For he really did believe capitalism controls the proles not by physical oppression but by bread and circuses, by cultural debasement - or ‘dumbing down’ as we now nervously say.
  • This disgusting spectacle provides a revealing insight into the debased nature of what passes for political discussion in Britain today.
  • Concepts highly prized by Puritans still exist in debased form in American mass culture.
  • Eclecticism flourished in the 19th century and survived, though much debased, in gated communities and suburban tract housing.
  • It would be sounded high that he debased human nature, which has a "cognation," so the reverend and learned Doctor Cudworth calls it, with the divine; that the soul of man, immaterial and immortal by its nature, was made to contemplate higher and nobler objects than this sensible world, and even than itself, since it was made to contemplate God and to be united to Him. Letters to Sir William Windham and Mr. Pope
  • So far there has been precious little questioning of this long-term debasement of the world's biggest currency. David McWilliams: The Dollar's Denial
  • Perrin says in the essay that he believes Williams en. wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Williams_ (UK_writer) is less famous than Tolkien or C.S. Lewis partly because he wrote fiction only for adults, not for adults and children: “All Hallows Eve will never be a TV special – or if it is, it will be so debased and vulgarized as to make most TV specials of great books seem works of astonishing fidelity.” 2008 October 23 « One-Minute Book Reviews
  • Y: And who turns away from the religion of Abraham but such as debase their souls with folly? Three Translations of The Koran (Al-Qur'an) side by side
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