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Definition of 'debase'


  1. corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals"
       Synonyms: corrupt pervert subvert demoralize demoralise debauch profane vitiate deprave misdirect
  2. lower in value by increasing the base-metal content
       Synonyms: alloy
  3. corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor"
       Synonyms: adulterate stretch dilute

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