to reduce or lower, as in rank, office, reputation, or estimation; humble; degrade.
archaic. to lower; put or bring down:
he abased his head.
to humble or belittle (oneself, etc)
to lower or reduce, as in rank or estimation
late 14c., abaishen, from old french abaissier “diminish, make lower in value or status” (12c.), from vulgar latin -ad b-ssiare “bring lower,” from late latin b-ssus “thick, fat, low;” from the same source as base (adj.) and altered 16c. in english by influence of it, which made it an exception to the rule that old french verbs with stem -iss- enter english as -ish. related: abased; abasing.
to destroy the self-confidence, poise, or self-possession of; disconcert; make ashamed or embarr-ssed: to abash someone by sneering. historical examples he will tell you with pride rather than with abashment that he is an empleado—a state dependent. the philippine islands john foreman crimsoning, alrek fell from his hill of scorn to the valley of abashment. […]
inability to walk due to a limitation or absence of muscular coordination. abasia a·ba·sia (ə-bā’zhə) n. inability to walk due to impaired muscular coordination. a·ba’sic (ə-bā’sĭk, -zĭk) or a·bat’ic (ə-bāt’ĭk) adj.
- Abasia trepidans
abasia trepidans abasia trepidans abasia trep·i·dans (trěp’ĭ-dānz’) n. abasia due to trembling of the legs.
abasia-astasia abasia-astasia n. see astasia-abasia.
. the slaughter of animals, especially the slaughter of diseased animals to prevent the infection of others.