verb (abas, ing)
- (archaic) To lower physically or depress; to stoop; to throw or cast down; as, to abase the eye.
- Saying so, he abased his lance. - Shelton
- To cast down or to lower, as in rank, office, condition in life or estimation of worthiness, so as to hurt feelings or cause pain; to depress; to humiliate; to humble; to degrade.
- Whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased. - Luke 14:11
Etymology: From Old French abaissier, from a- + baissier "to lower", from Late Latin bassus "short".
- Dutch: vernederen
- French: baisser, abaisser, rabaisser, humilier
- German: erniedrigen
- Spanish: rebajar
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