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Word Example of - abase

    Example Sentences for abase

    Tarquinius, angry at his opposition, took measures to abase him and to bring his art into contempt.

    He saw a way to hurt her, to abase her pride, and cut her to the very soul with shame.

    His desire to abase himself, though it arose from a different motive, was as complete as hers.

    Each gets what it desires, but the great state must learn to abase itself.

    You abase them more than is needful, in the faint hope that others may say a word in their behalf—which won't happen.

    Commander of the faithful, abase not yourself to the meanness of your slave.

    He did not protest—he did not talk poetry, nor abase himself; he made no exaggerated promises, nor did he sue for her love.

    You see, I abase myself, I abase myself of my own free will.

    Every image, every comparison would only abase this unspeakable type.

    We have all so much reason to abase ourselves, and repent in dust and ashes!

Word Origin & History of - abase

    Word Origin & History

    abase late 14c., abaishen, from O.Fr. abaissier "diminish, make lower in value or status," from V.L. *ad bassiare "bring lower," from L.L. bassus "thick, fat, low;" from the same source as base (adj.) and altered in Eng. by influence of it, which made it an exception to the rule that O.Fr. verbs with stem -iss- enter English as -ish.