What is another word for debase?

Pronunciation: [dɪbˈe͡ɪs] (IPA)

Debase is a verb that means to lower the quality, value, or status of something or someone. Sometimes, using the same word over and over can get repetitive, which is why using synonyms can spice up your writing or speaking. Some synonyms for the word debase include corrupt, degrade, diminish, humiliate, demean, defile, disgrace, denigrate, and discredit. Each of these words indicates a form of lowering or damaging something or someone's worth or reputation. By incorporating these synonyms into your writing or speaking, you can elevate your language and convey your message more effectively.

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What are the hypernyms for Debase?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

What are the opposite words for debase?

Debase is a verb that typically means to lower the quality or value of something. Some antonyms for debase include elevate, improve, enhance, uplift, exalt, and refine. To elevate something is to raise it to a higher level or status, whereas to improve something is to make it better than it was before. Enhancing something means to enrich or make it more attractive, and uplifting something means to elevate it emotionally or spiritually. Exalting something involves raising it to a high level of respect or honor, and refining something means to remove impurities and make it more pure or delicate.

What are the antonyms for Debase?

Usage examples for Debase

After a Matter of eight Years; and this into Greek for Esop's Fables, The Moon was in a heavy Twitter: Yet I'm satisfied these fine Sayings are some of those that gained him the Reputation of being a polite Writer of English: I have heard that about the Moon very much commended, which shews that we are not sufficiently sensible how mean Words debase a Thought.
"An Essay on Criticism"
John Oldmixon
Faire Cousin, You debase your Princely Knee, To make the base Earth prowd with kissing it.
Shakespeare, William
"I will not here," says he, "so far debase myself as to enlarge the ignominious list of those writers, who devote their abilities to justify by policy what morality condemns.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave Trade by the British Parliament (1808), Vol. I"
Thomas Clarkson

Famous quotes with Debase

  • The spectacle of a great, solvent government paying a fictitious price for gold it did not want and did not need and doing it on purpose to debase the value of its own paper currency was one to astonish the world.
    Garet Garrett
  • And for man to look upon himself as a capital good, even if it did not impair his freedom, may seem to debase him... by investing in themselves, people can enlarge the range of choice available to them. It is one way free men can enhance their welfare.
    Theodore William Schultz
  • For the president to resign now would be wrong. President Clinton may have debased himself with his behavior, but we shouldn't debase the office with an impulsive overreaction.
    George Stephanopoulos
  • We debase the richness of both nature and our own minds if we view the great pageant of our intellectual history as a compendium of new information leading from primal superstition to final exactitude. We know that the sun is hub of our little corner of the universe, and that ties of genealogy connect all living things on our planet, because these theories assemble and explain so much otherwise disparate and unrelated information—not because Galileo trained his telescope on the moons of Jupiter or because Darwin took a ride on a Galápagos tortoise.
    Stephen Jay Gould
  • All history attests that man has subjected woman to his will, used her as a means to promote his selfish gratification, to minister to his sensual pleasures, to be instrumental in promoting his comfort; but never has he desired to elevate her to that rank she was created to fill. He has done all he could to debase and enslave her mind; and now he looks triumphantly on the ruin he has wrought, and say, the being he has thus deeply injured is his inferior.
    Sarah Grimké

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