1Reduce (something) in quality or value; degrade.
degrade, devalue, demean, lower the status of, reduce the status of, cheapen, prostitute, discredit, drag down, drag through the mud, tarnish, blacken, blemishcorrupt, corrupted, bastardized, adulterated, diluted, polluted, tainted, sullied, spoiled, spoiltView synonyms
- ‘the love episodes debase the dignity of the drama’
- 1.1Lower the moral character of (someone)
immoral, debauched, dissolute, abandoned, perverted, degenerate, profligate, degraded, wicked, sinful, vile, base, iniquitous, corrupt, corrupted, criminal, vicious, brutal, lewd, licentious, lascivious, lecherous, prurient, obscene, indecent, libertineView synonyms
- ‘war debases people’
2 historical Lower the value of (coinage) by reducing the content of precious metal.
reduce in value, reduce in qualityView synonyms
- ‘the King was forced to debase the coinage’
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