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Usage examples for debase

  1. They were ever a nobler race than the Baliol; but bad education and luxury will debase the most princely minds." – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  2. There is a pride in the storm which, according to his doctrine, would debase us; a stirring music in its roar; even a savage joy in its destruction: for we can exult in a defiance of its power, even while we share in its triumphs, in a consciousness of a superior spirit within us to that which is around. – Falkland, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  3. Lies of the basest kind were, with care and difficulty, contrived to debase her character- lies which have now been proved to be so, but which were then not only credible, but sure to receive credit from those who already believed that all royal blood was, from its nature, capable of every abomination. – La Vendée An Historical Romance by Anthony Trollope
  4. Nothing is more certain than that exercises in general, diversions, such as that of hunting, and the games of dexterity, keep up the natural standard of strength and beauty, which luxury and sloth are sure to debase – A Treatise on the Art of Dancing by Giovanni-Andrea Gallini
  5. She was not naturally of the heroic type either, as Corona d'Astrardente had been, and perhaps was still, capable of sacrifice for the ideal of duty, able to suffer torment rather than debase herself by yielding, strong to stem the torrent of a great passion until she had the right to abandon herself to its mighty flood. – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  6. And if our children must obey, They must, but- thinking on our day- 'Twill less debase them to submit. – The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2) by Jefferson Davis
  7. We are unalterably opposed to every measure calculated to debase our currency or impair the credit of our country. – A History of the Republican Party by George Washington Platt
  8. Faire Cousin, You debase your Princely Knee, To make the base Earth prowd with kissing it. – Richard-II by Shakespeare, William
  9. Lest my best efforts, failing, should debase The sacred theme; for with no common wing The Muse attempts to soar. – Poetical Works of Akenside by Mark Akenside
  10. Twelve men, picked from an alphabetical list, may not be judges of art, but they will not debase morality. – G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study by Julius West
  11. It was a beautiful thing, even in sorrow, to see that couple, whom want could not debase nor misfortune, which makes even generosity selfish, divorce! – The Disowned, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  12. He thus presented his view of the object of the measure proposed: It appears to have in its body, in its soul, and in its life only one great object and aim; that is, to debase and degrade the white race, and to place upon a higher footing than the white men are placed, under the Constitution, this African race. – History of the Thirty-Ninth Congress of the United States by Wiliam H. Barnes
  13. But Adelaide possessed no sense of duty, and was a stranger to self- command; and though she boasted refinement of mind, yet it was of that spurious sort which, far from elevating and purifying the heart, tends only to corrupt and debase the soul, while it sheds a false and dazzling lustre upon those perishable graces which captivate the senses. – Marriage by Susan Edmonstone Ferrier
  14. And I never, never can debase my nature to change that love. – Thaddeus of Warsaw by Jane Porter
  15. They degrade and debase the classical dance of India for the purpose of enticing customers. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  16. We have had no recourse to popular arts to debase them; we have never attempted, even when the current of public opinion has set against them, to turn it to advantage, by joining in any outcry. – Pius IX. And His Time by The Rev. Æneas MacDonell Dawson
  17. In some respects nature has been very liberal to the Turkish people; but all the gifts she has bestowed upon them, their institutions tend to debase and invalidate. – Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century by W. H. Davenport Adams
  18. Though I perfectly agree with Mr Godwin therefore in the evil of hard labour, yet I still think it a less evil, and less calculated to debase the human mind, than dependence, and every history of man that we have ever read places in a strong point of view the danger to which that mind is exposed which is entrusted with constant power. – An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus
  19. Yet she would not debase herself by asking a single one until the stain which he had cast upon her was washed away, which she thought could only be done in blood. – Fair Margaret by H. Rider Haggard
  20. Give it no name- earth has no name for it- it is not of earth- why debase it with earthly epithets and earthly associations? – The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton