Definition of debase:
laden, stretch, cast down, demean, disgrace, stretch out, cloud, lead astray, load, overturn, demoralise, animalize, thin out, humble, demoralize, impair, get down, adulterate, pervert, weaken, sophisticate, dishonor, thin, grease one's palms, extend, bastardize, overthrow, vitiate, misguide, humiliate, bring down, dilute, dismay, demean, better, buy, sabotage, counteract, load up, deflower, mislead, bestialize, corrupt, alloy, countermine, undermine, invalidate, elongate, outrage, deprave, convolute, stain, discredit, deject, lade, spoil, bribe, stretch along, twist around, taint, profane, charge, brutalize, misaddress, bring low, sully, misdirect, debauch, help, subvert, dispirit, canker, void, downgrade, clean, mar, unfold.
- contaminate (part of speech: verb)
- depress (part of speech: verb)
- cheapen (part of speech: verb)
- misuse (part of speech: verb)
- underestimate (part of speech: verb)
- pervert (part of speech: verb)
But there is much in Lady Montfort's character which the Marquess apparently failed to appreciate; at all events, they had little in common, and what was called Lady Montfort's haughtiness was perhaps but the dignity with which a woman of grand nature checks the pity that would debase her- the admiration that would sully- guards her own beauty, and protects her husband's name.- "What Will He Do With It, Book 7.", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
A wise man will never attempt an impossibility; and such it is to strain himself beyond the nature of his being, either to become a deity, by being above suffering, or to debase himself into a stock or stone, by pretending not to feel it.- "The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18) The Duke of Guise; Albion and Albanius; Don Sebastian", John Dryden.
- "The Odyssey of Homer", Homer, translated by Alexander Pope.