It’s interesting to speculate on the reasons that make men so anxious to debase themselves.
When the name of Gail Wynand became a threat in the publishing world, a group of newspaper owners took him aside—at a city charity affair which all had to attend—and reproached him for what they called his debasement of the public taste.
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Prosecutors said fighters raped village elders to publicly debase them.
Nothing has been left undone to cripple their intellects, darken their minds, debase their moral nature, ...
Frederick Douglass -- The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass