debase debase  /də ˈbeɪs/


  1. (v) corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
  2. (v) lower in value by increasing the base-metal content
  3. (v) corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones

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  1. Let your industries fall behind, or allow inflation to debase the value of your money, and its global standing will decline.
  2. He promised that if he disagrees with someone, he is not going to debase them in the public arena.
  3. Nonetheless, the way Democrats have managed to caricature and debase the debate over embryonic stem-cell research stands in a class by itself.


  • Blackrock Says It Added to Bets on Yen’s Decline on BOJ Policy

    BlackRock Inc. (BLK) , the world’s biggest money manager, said it added to a bet that the yen would weaken, citing the potential for the Bank of Japan to add to economic stimulus measures that tend to debase the currency.
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Bloomberg


  1. Today, Chakrabarti, 39, a qualified lawyer who is married to a barrister, wrote to Burnham saying that he had "set out to smear her dealings" with Davis. "By your comments you debase not only a great office of state but the vital debate about...
    on Jun 19, 2008 By: Shami Chakrabarti Source: First Post

  2. "It's the official policy of the central bank and the US to debase the currency," said Rogers, a former partner of George Soros.
    on Oct 25, 2007 By: Jim Rogers Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "My goodness, you've got 100 United States senators. Some of us might be moderately intelligent enough to figure this out. We would, I think, debase our system and fail our country if we don't do this," Hagel told ABC's "This Week."
    on May 9, 2005 By: Chuck Hagel Source: Boston Globe (registration)

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