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  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of debase
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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.
This is the sort of thing that debases a language and a culture.
Part of the charge against the Olympics is that while proclaiming simple idealism it in fact debases the meaning and purpose of sport itself.
Inflation, which is always politically engineered, devalues currencies, debases trust and takes years to work its way out of investors' perceptions.
The corollary is that when shown what debases us, our soul compresses and our ego inflates.
The phenomenon distorts religion, debases tradition, and twists the political process wherever it unfolds.

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