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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
  • Many respectable physicists said that they weren’t going to stand for this, partly because it was a debasement of science, but mostly because they didn’t get invited to those sorts of parties.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • At Fairfax Brian and Clarissa clung to each other, exploiting what had happened to them, using my father’s debasement as a varnish of cool they could coat themselves with by retelling throughout the school what had happened that night in the cornfield.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones

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  • It forbids people to practise their religion, the young are brought up godless, the Church is opposed and its property appropriated, anyone who thinks differently is terrorized, the free human nature of the German people is debased—and they are turned into terrified slaves.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • The remarks grew ever more debased and treacherous so that Mr Charles - at least so he claimed - was obliged to intervene with the suggestion that such talk was bad form.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • The two women stood in the doorway of the hut gesticulating, talking not English but the debased French...
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • One American airman, shot down and relentlessly debased by his Japanese captors, described the state of mind that his captivity created: "I was literally becoming a lesser human being."
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • "So long as we have wage slavery," answered Schliemann, "it matters not in the least how debasing and repulsive a task may be, it is easy to find people to perform it."
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Hearing "civilized" languages debase humans ... I can say that my narrative project is as difficult today as it was thirty years ago.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye

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  • If they would kill a priest, why would they not kill a peasant without a second thought, or torture them for sport, or debase them.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • a kind of "debased Romanesque"
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Even speech was for them a debased form of silence;
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • And yet, if my best reason for staying in peculiardom didn’t want me anymore, I wouldn’t debase myself by clinging to her.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • It’s believed that the hollows can live thousands of years, but it is a life of constant physical torment, of humiliating debasement—feeding on stray animals, living in isolation—and of insatiable hunger for the flesh of their former kin, because our blood is their only hope for salvation.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • They also debased their currency, undercut the universality of the iron law, and antagonized the Adem.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • He removed the needle and stared at it, expecting something grey or green, the colors of debasement.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • I know he’s capable of completely debasing another human being.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • His voice was soft, as though faded, and his accent less debased than that of the majority of proles.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • It’s interesting to speculate on the reasons that make men so anxious to debase themselves.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Instead of working wickedness by night and growing more debased in the assimilating of it by day, she shall take her place with the other Angels.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Those books, both prose and verse, are consecrated to me by other associations; and I hate to have them debased and profaned in his mouth!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • For a moment my soul was elevated from its debasing and miserable fears to contemplate the divine ideas of liberty and self sacrifice of which these sights were the monuments and the remembrancers.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • A debasing war, in short, in which the Bank of France could be read in the folds of the flag.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But struggling with these better feelings was pride,—the vice of the lowest and most debased creatures no less than of the high and self-assured.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • These have no hope of death; and their blind life is so debased, that they are envious of every other lot.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Once, though, I heard Rita say to Cora that she wouldn’t debase herself like that.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Everest, the purists sniffed, had been debased and profaned.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • How could she, Ellen’s daughter, with her upbringing, have sat there and listened to such debasing words and then made such a shameless reply?
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I durst make no return to this malicious insinuation, which debased human understanding below the sagacity of a common hound, who has judgment enough to distinguish and follow the cry of the ablest dog in the pack, without being ever mistaken.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The victim, from my cradle, of pecuniary liabilities to which I have been unable to respond, I have ever been the sport and toy of debasing circumstances.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Can thus The image of God in Man, created once So goodly and erect, though faulty since, To such unsightly sufferings be debased Under inhuman pains?
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • He had gone away rejected and mortified—disappointed in a very sanguine hope, after a series of what appeared to him strong encouragement; and not only losing the right lady, but finding himself debased to the level of a very wrong one.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Poverty looks grim to grown people; still more so to children: they have not much idea of industrious, working, respectable poverty; they think of the word only as connected with ragged clothes, scanty food, fireless grates, rude manners, and debasing vices: poverty for me was synonymous with degradation.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I know few things more affecting than that timorous debasement and self-humiliation of a woman.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • And cannot the ruffian, the brutal, the debased, by slave law, own just as many slaves as the best and purest?
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Yes, that’s the d’Urberville nose and chin—a little debased.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Every desired renewal of an existence is debased by being half alloy.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • They would get nothing but the unmarketable conscience of having done what they ought to do in spite of fear—something which wicked people have often debased by calling it glory with too much sentiment, but which is glory all the same.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • His novels were pastiches of the work of the best people of his time, a feat not to be disparaged, and in addition he possessed a gift for softening and debasing what he borrowed, so that many readers were charmed by the ease with which they could follow him.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • He could not make the request; it was debasing loveliness to ask it to buy and sell, and jarred with his conceptions of her.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • But, even in her debased condition, she was not the person to hang about.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Caricature has sought again to spoil the quaint beauty of the music, and has filled the air with many debased melodies which vulgar ears scarce know from the real.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • To do business with the godless is to debase the work of the Lord!
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • ’Of some debased kind,’ the other answered.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Many of these myths were created by great storytellers centuries ago, and it is inevitable that in the hands of common people they get debased.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • Arthur’s people were of course poor material for a republic, because they had been debased so long by monarchy; and yet even they would have been intelligent enough to make short work of that law which the king had just been administering if it had been submitted to their full and free vote.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Although the role of chief was a venerable and esteemed one, it had, even seventy-five years ago, become debased by the control of an unsympathetic white government.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • There are men of low rank who strain themselves to bursting to pass for gentlemen, and high gentlemen who, one would fancy, were dying to pass for men of low rank; the former raise themselves by their ambition or by their virtues, the latter debase themselves by their lack of spirit or by their vices; and one has need of experience and discernment to distinguish these two kinds of gentlemen, so much alike in name and so different in conduct.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • It is at this point that the special connection between politics and the debasement of language becomes clear.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
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