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Where is the man who will not debase himself if he be in want?

It has pleased the gods to debase my House and to set up yours.

Situations and circumstances ennoble the mind, or debase it.

Instead of hallowing the life it will debase and impoverish it.

Do not debase yourself and become lower than the beasts of the field.

By heaven, if time could so debase my soul I would spurn immortality.

If visions of truth and beauty can exalt, visions of vice can debase and degrade.

I will not debase what I have to say by resorting to comparisons.

I cannot understand how human beings can so debase themselves.

Prosperity and luxury, gradually extinguishing sympathy, and puffing up with pride, harden and debase the soul.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, from de- "down" + base (adj.) "low," on analogy of abase (or, alternatively, from obsolete verb base "to abuse").

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