Synonyms for abase refer to outward conditions only. "Exalt him that is low, and
abase him that is high." Ezek. xxi, 26.
Debase applies to quality or character. Coinage is debased by excess of alloy, as man by
Humble in present use refers chiefly to feeling of heart; humiliate to outward conditions;
even when one is said to humble himself, he either has or affects to have humility of heart.
To disgrace may be to bring or inflict scorn upon others, but the word is chiefly and increasingly
applied to such moral odium as one by his own acts brings upon himself; the noun disgrace retains more
of the passive sense than the verb; he disgraced himself by his conduct; he brought
disgrace upon his family.
To dishonor a person is to deprive him of honor that should be (or might have) been given.
To discredit one is to injure his reputation, as for veracity or solvency. A sense of unworthiness
humbles; a shameful insult humiliates; imprisonment for crime disgraces.
Degrade may refer to either station or character. An officer is degraded by being
reduced to the ranks, disgraced by cowardice; vile practises degrade; drunkenness is
a degrading vice.
Misfortune or injustice may abase the good; nothing but their own ill-doing can debase or
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