(to) abase

(to) abase /əˈbeɪs/
v. t.
1 abbassare; umiliare: God abases the proud, Dio abbassa i superbi
2 degradare
to abase oneself, abbassarsi; umiliarsi; degradarsi: He abased himself so far as to beg, è caduto tanto in basso che è costretto a chiedere l'elemosina
n. [u]
1 umiliazione; mortificazione
2 degradazione.

English-Italian dictionary. 2013.

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  • Abase — A*base ([.a]*b[=a]s ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abased} ([.a]*b[=a]st ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Abasing}.] [F. abaisser, LL. abassare, abbassare; ad + bassare, fr. bassus low. See {Base}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. To lower or depress; to throw or cast down; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abase yourself — phrase to behave in a way that makes other people respect you less Thesaurus: to harm your own reputationsynonym Main entry: abase * * * abase yourself formal : to behave in a way that makes you seem lower or less deserving of respect politicians …   Useful english dictionary

  • abase — abase, demean, debase, degrade, humble, humiliate are synonymous when they denote to lower in one’s own estimation or in that of others. Abase suggests loss of dignity or prestige without necessarily implying permanency in that loss. When used… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Abase — is an early 1970s text based computer game for BASIC designed by People s Computer Company similar to the game Number . In the game Abase , one chooses a base from 2 to 10 and guesses a number the computer has chosen in that base. The game… …   Wikipedia

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  • abase — ► VERB (abase oneself) ▪ behave in a way that lessens others respect for one. DERIVATIVES abasement noun. ORIGIN Old French abaissier to lower …   English terms dictionary

  • abase — I verb abuse, adulterate, belittle, bring down, brutalize, calumniate, debase, decivilize, defame, deform, degrade, demean, demote, derogate, diminish, discredit, disgrace, dishonor, downgrade, humble, humiliate, lower, pervert, reduce, set down …   Law dictionary

  • abase — (v.) late 14c., abaishen, from O.Fr. abaissier diminish, make lower in value or status (12c.), from V.L. *ad bassiare bring lower, from L.L. bassus thick, fat, low; from the same source as BASE (Cf. base) (adj.) and altered 16c. in English by… …   Etymology dictionary

  • abase — [v] deprive of self esteem, confidence belittle, debase, degrade, demean, diminish, disgrace, dishonor, humble, humiliate, lower, mortify, reduce, shame; concepts 7,19 Ant. cherish, dignify, exalt, extol, honor, respect …   New thesaurus

  • abase — [ə bās′] vt. abased, abasing [ME abessen < OFr abaissier < ML abassare, to lower, bring down < L ad (see A 2) + VL bassus, low] 1. to humble or humiliate [he abased himself before the king] 2. Archaic to lower; cast down SYN. DEGRADE …   English World dictionary

  • abase — UK [əˈbeɪs] / US verb Word forms abase : present tense I/you/we/they abase he/she/it abases present participle abasing past tense abased past participle abased formal abase yourself Derived word: abasement noun uncountable …   English dictionary

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