- 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
- s used of conduct; characterized by dishonor
- Poverty, chaos and porous borders have turned prostitution into a global growth industry, debasing the women and children of the world Search all issues of PTI Magazine.
- He believes that the crisis-fighting measures coming out of Washington are merely delaying the inevitable, debasing the dollar and loading future taxpayers with huge debts.
- The Clintonized town meeting is inherently undignified, debasing by design.
- Jim Rogers in BusinessWeek
Debasing what has been a strong currency and making it weaker and weaker is in the end going to destroy the euro,Rogers said in an interview at the Rafael Del Pino Foundation in Madrid today. "In the interim, I'm long the euro."
- Hillary Rodham Clinton in The Age
Nothing justifies the kind of debasing language that David Shuster used and no temporary suspension or half-hearted apology is sufficient,Senator Clinton wrote to NBC News president Steve Capus, who apparently has called her to apologise.
- Rupert Murdoch in Media Guardian
If I had done it [first] I'd have been ridiculed for debasing the Times,Mr Murdoch said today. "But I'm glad the Independent has gone ahead because now we can try to do it without any problems."