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DEBASEMENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does debasement mean? 

DEBASEMENT (noun)
  The noun DEBASEMENT has 2 senses:

1. being mixed with extraneous material; the product of adulterating
2. changing to a lower state (a less respected state)

  Familiarity information: DEBASEMENT used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEBASEMENT (noun)


Sense 1debasement [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being mixed with extraneous material; the product of adulterating

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

adulteration; debasement

Hypernyms ("debasement" is a kind of...):

impureness; impurity (the condition of being impure)


Sense 2debasement [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Changing to a lower state (a less respected state)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

degradation; debasement

Hypernyms ("debasement" is a kind of...):

change of state (the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "debasement"):

dehumanisation; dehumanization (the act of degrading people with respect to their best qualities)

abasement; humiliation (depriving one of self-esteem)

profanation (degradation of something worthy of respect; cheapening)

popularisation; popularization; vulgarisation; vulgarization (the act of making something attractive to the general public)

constipation; deadening; impairment; stultification (the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine))

demoralisation; demoralization (destroying the moral basis for a doctrine or policy)

corruption; subversion (destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity)

bastardisation; bastardization (an act that debases or corrupts)

barbarisation; barbarization (an act that makes people primitive and uncivilized)

animalisation; animalization; brutalisation; brutalization (an act that makes people cruel or lacking normal human qualities)

vulgarisation; vulgarization (the act of rendering something coarse and unrefined)


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