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Verb: debase  di'beys
  1. Corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
    "Socrates was accused of debasing young men";
    - corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise [Brit], debauch, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirect
     
  2. (metallurgy) lower in value by increasing the base-metal content
    - alloy
     
  3. Corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
    - load, adulterate, stretch, dilute

Derived forms: debases, debasing, debased

Type of: alter, change, corrupt, devalue, modify, spoil

Encyclopedia: Debase