Definition of debasing:
- depressing (part of speech: verb)
- contaminating (part of speech: verb)
- cheapening (part of speech: verb)
- misusing (part of speech: verb)
- underestimating (part of speech: verb)
- perverting (part of speech: verb)
Olivia thought that this taste for obscure company was the fruit of Mary's early training- the taint left by those bitter, debasing days of poverty, in which John Marchmont and his daughter had lived in some wretched Lambeth lodging.- "John Marchmont's Legacy, Volume I (of 3)", Mary E. Braddon.
Three or four years of debasing drunkenness, had utterly separated him from those who had it in their power to encourage and strengthen his good desires,- and to put him in the way of providing for himself and his family, by an industrious application to some kind of business.- "The Lights and Shadows of Real Life", T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English.
This is what I call debasing the moral currency: lowering the value of every inspiring fact and tradition so that it will command less and less of the spiritual products, the generous motives which sustain the charm and elevation of our social existence- the something besides bread by which man saves his soul alive.- "Impressions of Theophrastus Such", George Eliot.