- v corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
- v lower in value by increasing the base-metal content
- v corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
- Let your industries fall behind, or allow inflation to debase the value of your money, and its global standing will decline.
- He promised that if he disagrees with someone, he is not going to debase them in the public arena.
- Nonetheless, the way Democrats have managed to caricature and debase the debate over embryonic stem-cell research stands in a class by itself.
- Jim Rogers in International Herald Tribune
It's the official policy of the central bank and the US to debase the currency,said Rogers, a former partner of George Soros.
- Chuck Hagel in Boston Globe (registration)
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."