AskDefine | Define abase

Dictionary Definition

abase v : 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]

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From Old French abaissier, from a- + baissier "to lower", from Late Latin bassus "short".


  • UK: /əˈbeɪs/
  • Rhymes: -eɪs


  1. To lower physically or depress; to stoop; to throw or cast down; as, to abase the eye.
    • Saying so, he abased his lance. - Shelton
  2. To cast down or to lower, as in rank, office, condition in life or estimation of worthiness, so as to hurt feelings or cause pain; to depress; to humiliate; to humble; to degrade.
    • Whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased. - Luke 14:11


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Extensive Definition

Abase is an early 1970s text-based computer game for BASIC designed by People's Computer Company similar to the game Number. In the game Abase, one chooses a base from 2 to 10 and guesses a number the computer has chosen in that base. The game appeared on page 4 of the book What to Do After You Hit Return or P.C.C.'s First Book of Computer Games.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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
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