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  • Will reseated himself, feeling some pity which was half contempt for this voluntary self-abasement of an elderly man.
  • He had been prepared for a scene of self-abasement, but his intense pride and his habit of supremacy overpowered penitence, and even dread, when this young man, whom he had meant to benefit, turned on him with the air of a judge.

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  • This sent Albert into a frenzy of abasement.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Should I abase myself?
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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