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English verb: debase

1. debase (social) corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality


SamplesDebauch the young people with wine and women.
Socrates was accused of corrupting young men.
Do school counselors subvert young children?.
Corrupt the morals.


Synonymscorrupt, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, subvert, vitiate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)bastardise, bastardize, carnalise, carnalize, infect, lead astray, lead off, poison, sensualise, sensualize, suborn

2. debase (change) lower in value by increasing the base-metal content


Synonymsalloy


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)devalue


Domain categorymetallurgy

3. debase (change) corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones


SamplesAdulterate liquor.


Synonymsadulterate, dilute, load, stretch


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)corrupt, spoil


Narrower (hyponym)doctor, doctor up, sophisticate, water down


Verb groupextend, stretch









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