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Below you will find the definition of abase, followed by 35 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
EXAMPLES - Abase in a Sentence
- Misfortunes, which generally humble and abase a noble Behaviour. (source)
- Why would any human being ask of others what he would never abase himself to do? (source)
- What would possess anyone to take such blessings and abase them with dollar signs? (source)
- With porn, you watch other people take off their clothes and abase themselves in public. (source)
- Why should Edwards abase himself just because someone in his sphere said something stupid? (source)
- She already has the working class vote -- why is she toiling overtime to abase herself before it? (source)
- I shall again revisit my native country with honour, and abase the villain who hath soiled my fame! (source)
- They know that the more they reject his overtures the more he'll abase himself and the United States. (source)
- Then why does the left insist we abase ourselves to them. rhetorical question I already know the answer (source)
- Asking her to humiliate and abase herself before colleagues is a contravention of her basic human rights. (source)
- Neither has he had tea with the IRA so as to abase himself before a strand of Irish opinion in the Capital. (source)
- What was more honourable: to die in silence -- or to abase oneself publicly, in order to be able to pursue one's aims? (source)
- (I'd love to see other countries come here an abase themselves in a similar fashion - we'd think the leader was loony.) (source)
- Dalamar must now abase himself before the Dark Queen, and he knew that Takhisis would not be generous in her victory over him. (source)
- The human spirit is fashioned in the likeness of the Creator: it is improper to abase that spirit to some other component of the Creation. (source)
- We abase ourselves before our sworn enemies and either belittle (as in the case of the UK) or attempt to intimidate (in the case of Israel) our allies. (source)
- That he should command and dictate, prove himself the peer of great men and make rank abase itself before him, called for no comment on his part or on hers. (source)
- Coleridge was evidently one of those people who abase themselves excessively in the hope of never having to hear their faults expressed on the lips of others. (source)
- No matter what horrors lay beyond those doors, I was suddenly more afraid of the enticing desire to place myself in the power of another, to acquiesce and abase myself. (source)
- You seem to know how to turn her own artillery against her; and, as your sex generally do, to exalt her in courtship, that you may have it in your power to abase her afterwards. (source)
- We was to be umble to this person, and umble to that; and to pull off our caps here, and to make bows there; and always to know our place, and abase ourselves before our betters. (source)
- How is it the socialists never wanted to abase themselves before the Hindus and the Sikhs, who came over from Uganda and made - and are making - such a welcome contribution to our society? (source)
- He did not abase himself-and why should he, the High Priest of any god was the equal of the Great King, and in fact, the Great King was also a High Priest as his wife would be a High Priestess. (source)
- As, in real life, your inherent mastery and brusque peremptory authority will not be greeted by a chorus of 'O Master, we abase ourselves before your magnetic arrogance and strength of character.' (source)
- In return for their financial support I will promise never, ever to take tea with the Dalai Lama, to stop complaining about their currency manipulation, and to abase myself in any other way they deem appropriate. (source)
- There is no dictator or tyrant he won't abase himself to, or belittle his country for; there is no ally that he is not willing to give up or betray in order to demonstrate his willingness to submit to Islamic bullying. (source)
- O Allah, before whom the hearts of the wise abase themselves, O Allah, of Thy bene ficence accord to me the remission of my sins, adorn me with the curtain of Thy protection and pardon me my shortcomings, by the magnanimity of Thy (source)
- To his horror, rather than being warmly thanked for his informed input, he was hauled over the coals, threatened with expulsion from the party (etc. etc.) if he didn't retract, abase himself before Blair 'n Mandy and then agree to shut up. (source)
- This duty requires us to act always in an awareness of our dignity and so to act only in ways that are consistent with our status as end in ourselves and to refrain from acting in ways that abase, degrade, defile, or disavow our rational nature. (source)
- Here you kneel; there you bow; here you advance in procession behind a man carrying a silver poker; here you mount a carved chair; here you appear to do homage to a piece of painted wood; here you abase yourselves before tables covered with richly worked tapestry. (source)
- He was respectably, though very plainly dressed, in black; but his clothes, moulded to the general character of his figure, seemed to shrink and abase themselves upon him, and to join in the sorrowful solicitation which the whole man from head to foot expressed, to be left unnoticed, and alone in his humility. (source)
- Nothing else could explain the zeal with which the U.S. cancelled the visas of Honduran judges and congressmen, all duly appointed or elected before the supposed "coup," for the sin of interpreting their own law in a manner that displeased the Obama administration and hindered the administration's efforts to abase itself to Hugo Ch vez. (source)
- The tempter asks Jesus to make himself superior to God; Jesus's rejection of that temptation, Ratzinger suggests, reminds us that "to do that is to abase not only God, but the world and oneself, too" - a suggestion confirmed by the murderous depredations of those twentieth-century totalitarians who made ultramundane gods out of themselves. (source)
- On the contrary, it is Hume's view that theism is prone to intolerance and persecution of its opponents; that it encourages its followers to abase themselves and pursue useless forms of self-denial; that it corrupts and perverts philosophy; that although it is plagued with doubts, it presents a dogmatic attitude to the world; and, finally, that it breeds serious moral vices, including hypocrisy, fraud and cruelty. (source)
- Where the people are Catholic and submissive to the law of God, as declared and applied by the vicar of Christ and supreme pastor of the church, democracy may be a good form of government; but combined with Protestantism or infidelity in the people, its inevitable tendency is to lower the standard of morality, to enfeeble intellect, to abase character, and to retard civilization, as even our short American experience amply proves. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 35 example sentences provided below is 48.0, which suggests that "abase" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 13 synonyms for abase.
belittle, debase, degrade, demean, diminish, disgrace, dishonor, humble, humiliate, lower, mortify, reduce, shame
We have 23 antonyms for abase.
build up, cherish, compliment, dignify, elevate, enhance, esteem, exalt, expand, extend, extol, flatter, grow, honor, improve, increase, laud, praise, promote, raise, respect, upgrade, value
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of abase from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To lower in rank, prestige, or esteem. See Synonyms at degrade.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) To lower or depress; to throw or cast down.
- (verb-transitive) To cast down or reduce low or lower, as in rank, office, condition in life, or estimation of worthiness; to depress; to humble; to degrade.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To lower or depress, as a thing; bring down.
- (None) To reduce or lower, as in rank, estimation, office, and the like; depress; humble; degrade.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of