1. cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of;
- Example: "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss"
[syn: humiliate, mortify, chagrin, humble, abase]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Abase \A*base"\ ([.a]*b[=a]s"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Abased ([.a]*b[=a]st"); p. pr. & vb. n. Abasing.] [F. abaisser, LL. abassare, abbassare; ad + bassare, fr. bassus low. See Base, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. To lower or depress; to throw or cast down; as, to abase the eye. [Archaic] --Bacon. [1913 Webster] Saying so, he abased his lance. --Shelton. [1913 Webster] 2. To cast down or reduce low or lower, as in rank, office, condition in life, or estimation of worthiness; to depress; to humble; to degrade. [1913 Webster] Whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased. --Luke xiv. ll. [1913 Webster] Syn: To Abase, Debase, Degrade. These words agree in the idea of bringing down from a higher to a lower state. Abase has reference to a bringing down in condition or feelings; as, to abase the proud, to abase one's self before God. Debase has reference to the bringing down of a thing in purity, or making it base. It is, therefore, always used in a bad sense, as, to debase the coin of the kingdom, to debase the mind by vicious indulgence, to debase one's style by coarse or vulgar expressions. Degrade has reference to a bringing down from some higher grade or from some standard. Thus, a priest is degraded from the clerical office. When used in a moral sense, it denotes a bringing down in character and just estimation; as, degraded by intemperance, a degrading employment, etc. "Art is degraded when it is regarded only as a trade." [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
abase v 1: cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of; "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss" [syn: humiliate, mortify, chagrin, humble, abase]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
34 Moby Thesaurus words for "abase": abash, bring down, bring low, bump, bust, cast down, cower, cringe, crush, debase, degrade, demean, demote, deplume, diminish, disgrade, displume, downgrade, dump, dump on, fawn, grovel, humble, humiliate, lower, put down, reduce, set down, sink, strip of rank, take down, toady, trip up, truckle