Em*base" (?), v. t. [Pref. em- + base, a. or v. t.: cf. OF. embaissier.]

To bring down or lower, as in position, value, etc.; to debase; to degrade; to deteriorate.


Embased the valleys, and embossed the hills. Sylvester.

Alloy in coin of gold . . . may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it. Bacon.

Such pitiful embellishments of speech as serve for nothing but to embase divinity. South.


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