verb transitiveWord forms: deˈbased or deˈbasing SYNONYMY NOTE: debase implies generally a lowering in quality, value, dignity, etc. [greed had debased his character]; deprave suggests gross degeneration, esp. with reference to morals [a mind depraved by crime]; corrupt implies a deterioration or loss of soundness by some destructive or contaminating
influence [a government corrupted by bribery]; debauch implies a loss of moral purity or integrity as through dissipation or intemperate
indulgence [debauched young profligates]; pervert suggests a distorting of or departure from what is considered right, natural, or
true [a perverted sense of humor] to make lower in value, quality, character, dignity, etc.; cheapen
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