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Meaning

  • Abase [Verb] (əˈbās)
  1. to reduce or lower, as in rank, office, reputation, or estimation; humble; degrade.
  1. Archaic. to lower; put or bring down: He abased his head.

Etymology

Late Latin
bassus, bannum
short of tenure
 
Latin
ad-
(prefix)
 
 
 
 
Old French
a-
(prefix)
 
Old French
bassier
to lower
 
 
 
 
Old French
Abassier
to lower
 
English
Base
 
 
 
 
Abase
late Middle English

Related forms

a·base·ment, noun
a·bas·er, noun
un·a·bas·ing, adjective

The letter A

Abandonment ——> Abase ——> Abash

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