verb[with object] (usually abase oneself)
Behave in a way that belittles or degrades (someone): I watched my colleagues abasing themselves before the board of trustees
More example sentences
- They find a secret delight in abasing themselves before men of violence.
- It's an icky daddy-daughter comedy featuring character actors abasing themselves horribly for the money.
- The more politics abases itself before the values of TV entertainment, the less it represents the real political process.
late Middle English: from Old French abaissier, from a- (from Latin ad 'to, at') + baissier 'to lower', based on late Latin bassus 'short of stature'. The spelling has been influenced by base2.