Debasement is the process of spoiling something or reducing its value by combining it with another material. Debasement can also refer to degrading or disgracing someone.

The noun debasement can be used in an economic context to mean "lower the value of currency or money," usually referring to coins made of gold or silver that has been mixed with cheaper metals. In the old days, debasement generally meant the removal of someone's knighthood: "The knight's treasonous actions meant certain debasement by the king." Today you might hear someone complain about the debasement of politics caused by big money.

Definitions of debasement

n being mixed with extraneous material; the product of adulterating

Type of:
impureness, impurity
the condition of being impure

n a change to a lower state (a less respected state)

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dehumanisation, dehumanization
the act of degrading people with respect to their best qualities
animalisation, animalization, brutalisation, brutalization
an act that makes people cruel or lacking normal human qualities
barbarisation, barbarization
an act that makes people primitive and uncivilized
bastardisation, bastardization
an act that debases or corrupts
corruption, subversion
destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity
demoralisation, demoralization
destroying the moral basis for a doctrine or policy
constipation, deadening, impairment, stultification
the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
popularisation, popularization, vulgarisation, vulgarization
the act of making something attractive to the general public
degradation of something worthy of respect; cheapening
abasement, humiliation
depriving one of self-esteem
vulgarisation, vulgarization
the act of rendering something coarse and unrefined
decline to a lower status or level
Type of:
change of state
the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics

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