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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-beys]
    • /əˈbeɪs/
    • /əˈbeɪsmənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-beys]
    • /əˈbeɪs/

Definitions of abasement word

  • verb with object abasement to reduce or lower, as in rank, office, reputation, or estimation; humble; degrade. 1
  • verb with object abasement Archaic. to lower; put or bring down: He abased his head. 1
  • noun abasement The action or fact of abasing or being abased; humiliation or degradation. 1
  • noun abasement being degraded 1
  • noun abasement The act of abasing, humbling, or bringing low. 0
  • noun abasement The state of being abased or humbled; humiliation. 0

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Origin of abasement

First appearance:

before 1470
One of the 25% oldest English words
1470-80; a-5 + base2; replacing late Middle English abassen, equivalent to a-5 + bas base2; replacing Middle English abaissen, abe(i)sen < Anglo-French abesser, abaisser, Old French abaissier, equivalent + a- a-5 + -baissier < Vulgar Latin *bassiare, verbal derivative of Late Latin bassus; see base2

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Parts of speech for Abasement


abasement popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 74% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abasement

noun abasement

  • downgrade — a downward slope, especially of a road.
  • shame — the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous, etc., done by oneself or another: She was overcome with shame.
  • dishonor — lack or loss of honor; disgraceful or dishonest character or conduct.
  • humiliation — an act or instance of humiliating or being humiliated.
  • degradation — You use degradation to refer to a situation, condition, or experience which you consider shameful and disgusting, especially one which involves poverty or immorality.

adjective abasement

  • humbling — not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful.

Antonyms for abasement

noun abasement

  • upgrade — an incline going up in the direction of movement.
  • honor — honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs and actions: a man of honor.
  • aggrandizement — If someone does something for aggrandizement, they do it in order to get power, wealth, and importance for themselves.
  • aggrandisement — an act or instance of aggrandizing, or increasing in size, or intensity: aggrandizement of mercantile trade in the early colonies.
  • honour — to hold in honor or high respect; revere: to honor one's parents.

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