debase (v.)

  1. 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

    [ Syn: corrupt , pervert , subvert , demoralize , demoralise , debauch , profane , vitiate , deprave , misdirect ]

  2. lower in value by increasing the base-metal content

    [ Syn: alloy ]

  3. corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones; adulterate liquor

    [ Syn: load , adulterate , stretch , dilute ]

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