debase VERB lower the quality, value, or character of.
DERIVATIVES debasement noun.

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  • Debasement — is the practice of lowering the value of currency. It is particularly used in connection with commodity money such as gold or silver coins. A coin is said to be debased if the quantity of gold, silver, copper or nickel is reduced. Contents 1… …   Wikipedia

  • Debasement — De*base ment, n. The act of debasing or the state of being debased. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • debasement — [[t]dɪbe͟ɪsmənt[/t]] N UNCOUNT: oft N of n Debasement is the action of reducing the value or quality of something. [FORMAL] ...the debasement of popular culture and the triumph of vulgarity …   English dictionary

  • debasement — noun The act of debasing or the state of being debased; a lowering, especially in character or quality. His large water dog was acquainted with the fact, and upon the approach of his master, betrayed his sense of inferiority by a sanctity of… …   Wiktionary

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  • debasement of coinage — deˌbasement of ˈcoinage noun [uncountable] a reduction in the value of gold and silver coins, which happened in the past when the coins were dishonestly reduced in weight, resulting in increases in prices * * * debasement of coinage UK US noun… …   Financial and business terms

  • Debasement (knighthood) — Debasement is the formal term for removal of a knighthood or other honour. The last knight to be publicly debased was Sir Francis Mitchell.[1][2] More recent examples include Sir Roger Casement, whose knighthood was canceled for treason during… …   Wikipedia

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  • debasement — noun see debase …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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