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He saw a way to hurt her, to abase her pride, and cut her to the very soul with shame.

He was so happy that he wanted to abase himself before some one.

But we have a great many who have helped to abase their classes.

Each gets what it desires, but the great state must learn to abase itself.

Commander of the faithful, abase not yourself to the meanness of your slave.

You see, I abase myself, I abase myself of my own free will.

We have all so much reason to abase ourselves, and repent in dust and ashes!

They are a little——' And here, not choosing to abase herself, she curtseyed.

Whether we exalt ourselves it is for God; whether we abase ourselves it is for you.'

Can you behold every one that is proud, and abase him, and bind their faces in secret?

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., abaishen, from Old French abaissier "diminish, make lower in value or status" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *ad bassiare "bring lower," from Late Latin bassus "thick, fat, low;" from the same source as base (adj.) and altered 16c. in English by influence of it, which made it an exception to the rule that Old French verbs with stem -iss- enter English as -ish. Related: Abased; abasing.

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