debasement

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
  1. noun
    being mixed with extraneous material; the product of adulterating
    synonyms: adulteration
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    impureness, impurity
    the condition of being impure
  2. noun
    a change to a lower state (a less respected state)
    synonyms: degradation
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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
    profanation
    degradation of something worthy of respect; cheapening
    abasement, humiliation
    depriving one of self-esteem
    vulgarisation, vulgarization
    the act of rendering something coarse and unrefined
    comedown
    decline to a lower status or level
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    change of state
    the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
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