Definition of


  1. (verb, social) corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
    Socrates was accused of corrupting young men
    Do school counselors subvert young children?
    corrupt the morals
  2. (verb, change) lower in value by increasing the base-metal content
  3. (verb, change) corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Debase

  1. 1568, from base "low," on analogy of abase. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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