AskDefine | Define debase

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debase

Verb

1 corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals" [syn: corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirect]
2 lower in value by increasing the base-metal content [syn: alloy]
3 corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor" [syn: adulterate, stretch, dilute]

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Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To lower in character, quality, or value; to degrade.

Translations

lower in character, etc

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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