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debase

verb [T] uk   /dɪˈbeɪs/ us  
to reduce the quality or value of something: Some argue that money has debased football. Our world view has become debased. We no longer have a sense of the sacred.debase the coinage/currency to lower the value of a coin by making it from a less valuable metal
debasement
noun [U] uk   /-mənt/ us  
Translations of “debase”
in Chinese (Traditional) 使墮落, 貶低…
in Russian понижать качество, портить…
in Turkish değerini düşürmek, itibarını azaltmak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使堕落, 贬低…
in Polish deprecjonować…
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