Definition of abase:
smirch, subvert, bastardize, take down, reduce, respect, lessen, foul, cast down, necrose, sphacelate, lower, profane, prostitute, study athumble, humiliate, poison, depress, win, take down a peg, gangrene, bring low, demean, canker, cheapen, chasten, mortify, sink, humble, discredit, deteriorate, subdue, crucify, chagrin.
- "Heart Talks", Charles Wesley Naylor.
But supposing that such an alteration is possible, that the church can abase its pretensions to supremacy over all other sects, that Romanism simply melts into our society,- in this case, the papacy, as usually understood, becomes simply a form of church government like Presbyterianism or Congregationalism or Episcopacy; Catholicism becomes a purely spiritual faith, and, as such, is not only harmless but beneficent.- "Recollections and Impressions 1822-1890", Octavius Brooks Frothingham.
- "The Breaking Point", Mary Roberts Rinehart.