Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb debase

3 senses of debase

Sense 1
corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch, debase, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirect -- (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")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 2
debase, alloy -- (lower in value by increasing the base-metal content)
       => devalue -- (lower the value or quality of; "The tear devalues the painting")

Sense 3
load, adulterate, stretch, dilute, debase -- (corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor")
       => corrupt, spoil -- (alter from the original)

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