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 Dictionary entry overview: What does abase mean? 

ABASE (verb)
  The verb ABASE has 1 sense:

1. cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of

  Familiarity information: ABASE used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

ABASE (verb)

Sense 1abase [BACK TO TOP]


Cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling


abase; chagrin; humiliate; humble; mortify

Context example:

He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss

Hypernyms (to "abase" is one way to...):

bruise; hurt; injure; offend; spite; wound (hurt the feelings of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "abase"):

crush; demolish; smash (humiliate or depress completely)

degrade; demean; disgrace; put down; take down (reduce in worth or character, usually verbally)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

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