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English definition of “abase”

abase

verb     /əˈbeɪs/ formal
abase yourself to make yourself seem to be less important or not to deserve respectHumiliating and degrading abasement     /-mənt/ noun [U] The pilgrims knelt in self-abasement.Humiliating and degrading
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