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  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of debase
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This is the sort of thing that debases a language and a culture.
Instead of being authentic art, music becomes a thing to be bought and sold, which debases the very meaning of the music and defangs the threat.
The intimidation of political dissidents threatens the right of free speech for all and debases our traditions of civil liberty and tolerance.
The phenomenon distorts religion, debases tradition, and twists the political process wherever it unfolds.
The corollary is that when shown what debases us, our soul compresses and our ego inflates.
Inflation, which is always politically engineered, devalues currencies, debases trust and takes years to work its way out of investors' perceptions.

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