English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'debase'

(verb) 
Definition
to lower in quality, character, or value
(formal)  He claims that advertising debases the English language.
Synonyms
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contaminate
The fishing waters have been contaminated with toxic wastes.
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pollute
a man accused of polluting the minds of children
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taint
Rancid oil will taint the flavour.
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defile
piles of old clothes defiled with excrement
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adulterate
The food had been adulterated to increase its weight.
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vitiate
His otherwise admirable character is vitiated by his pride.
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bastardize
We are not about to bastardize the game.
Opposites
(verb) 
Definition
to lower in quality, character, or value
I won't debase myself by answering that question.
Synonyms
degrade
No-one should feel degraded at their place of work.
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reduce
They wanted the army reduced to a police force.
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lower
Don't lower yourself. Don't be the way they are.
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shame
I wouldn't shame my family by trying that.
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humble
the little car company that humbled the industry giants
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disgrace
These soldiers have disgraced their regiment.
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humiliate
His teacher continually humiliates him in maths lessons.
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demean
All this talk of money just demeans us.
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drag down
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dishonour
I don't want to dishonour the men and women who risk their lives to keep us safe.
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cheapen
Love is a word cheapened by overuse.
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abase
He made his courtiers abase themselves before him.
Opposites

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abase
He made his courtiers abase themselves before him.
Synonyms
in the sense of adulterate
Definition
to spoil something by adding inferior material
The food had been adulterated to increase its weight.
Synonyms
in the sense of bastardize
Definition
to debase
We are not about to bastardize the game.

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