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Definition: To degrade; to lower in position, estimation, or the like

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The count of Monte-Cristo - By Alexandre Dumas
...How inscrutable are the ways of Providence--for what great and mysterious purpose has it pleased Heaven to abase the man once so elevated, and raise up the individual so beaten down and depressed ? "...
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - By James Joyce
...He had soon given in to them, and allowed them to sweep across and abase his intellect, wondering always where they came from, from what den of monstrous images, and always weak and humble towards others, restless and sickened of himself when they had swept over him ....
Villette - By Charlotte Bront
...We abase ourselves in our littleness, and we do right; yet it may be that the constancy of one heart, the truth and faith of one mind according to the light He has appointed, import as much to Him as the just motion of satellites about their planets, of planets about their suns, of suns around that mighty unseen center incomprehensible, irreal-izable, with strange mental effort only divined . "...
Bylow Hill - By George Washington Cable, Frederick Coffay Yohn, Margaret Armstrong, Charles Scribner's Sons, Trow Directory
...I am to exalt you, and abase myself, to her ? " "...
The Damnation of Theron Ware - By Harold Frederic
...These occult forces would take control of them, drag them forward as in a dream to the benches under the pulpit, and abase them there like worms in the dust ....
The History of the Caliph Vathek - By William Beckford, Samuel Henley, Edward Denison Ross
...This prince, after having subjected to his empire seven vast provinces of Upper Asia, and enjoyed in peace a long reign -LRB- which some authors have protracted to seven hundred years -RRB-, became intoxicated with his greatness, and, foolishly fancying it would have no end, arrogated to himself divine honors; but the Almighty raised up, even in his own house, a terrible instrument to abase his pride, by whom he was easily overcome and driven into exile ....
An Explanatory and Pronouncing Dictionary of the Noted Names of Fiction - By William Adolphus Wheeler, Charles Gardner Wheeler
...which the law can not reach; to detect fraud and treason, abase insolence, mortify pride, discourage slander, disgrace immodesty, andstig-matize ingratitude . "...
Sobriquets and Nicknames - By Albert Romer Frey
...Nothing can justify the violence of his abase or defend his assumption that the field of dramatic composition was open only to University graduates ....
The Awkward Age - By Henry James
...It was characteristic of Mrs. Brookenham 's amiability that, with her sudden sense of the importance of this new light, she should be quite ready to abase herself . "...
The Financier - By Theodore Dreiser, Harper & Brothers
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White-jacket; or, the world in a man-of-war - By Herman Melville
...Yet so untouchable is true dignity, that there are cases wherein to be flogged at the gangway is no dishonor; though, to abase and hurl down the last pride of some sailor who has piqued him, be sometimes the secret motive, with some malicious officer, in procuring him to be condemned to the lash ....
Our Village - By Mary Russell Mitford, Charles Edmund Brock
...How Phoebe could " abase her eyes " from the stately sergeant to this youth, half a foot shorter than herself, whose " waist would go into any alderman 's thumb-ring, " might, if the final choice of a coquette had ever been matter of wonder, have occasioned some speculation ....
Tales of Unrest - By Joseph Conrad
...Something desperate and vague, a flicker of an insane desire to abase himself before the mysterious impulses of evil, to ask for mercy in some way, passed through his mind; and then came the idea, the persuasion, the certitude, that the evil must be forgotten--must be resolutely ignored to make life possible; that the knowledge must be kept out of mind, out of sight, like the knowledge of certain death is kept out of the daily existence of men ....
The Widow Barnaby - By Frances Milton Trollope
...and divine, do the best that in us lies, as in duty bound, to uphoh and support the greatly misunderstood and much wrongly abase : institution of slavery ....
Great Short Stories - edited by William Patten
...`` I cast myself down, like a slave, on the ground before him--though I hated him like sin : for it is well to abase one 's self in due time before the face of authority ....