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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
  • She had not hurt me for the same reason that she had given over her body some hours before, not for passion or love, or mercy or humanity, but their complete absence and abasement, such that there were no wrongs remaining, no more crimes, nothing to save herself from.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • In front of the screen door he took off his hat, dropped it into the dust, and ground it with his heel in self-abasement.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath

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  • It swelled and swelled until all the loss, all the grief, all the loneliness and self-abasement of her life washed away.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • In our world there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • His moral force was abased into more than childish weakness.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • ’I wouldn’t abase myself by descending to hold no conversation with him,’ replied the Dodger.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The echo of the scream had not ceased to ring on the air when there came the reaction, and she sank on her knees on the floor in an agony of abasement.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • How inscrutable are the ways of providence—for what great and mysterious purpose has it pleased heaven to abase the man once so elevated, and raise up him who was so abased?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • Civilized people, especially in our day, are neither elevated nor abased by the good or bad fortune of a captain.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • White Fang crawled slowly, cringing and grovelling in the abjectness of his abasement and submission.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • By now it was not so much the bodily hurts that brought them: it was bitterness, self-contempt, and abasement.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • In this mortifying abasement, the colonists, though innocent of her imbecility, and too humble to be the agents of her blunders, were but the natural participators.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • But the former under-stood in dismay that Anne was actually enjoying her valley of humiliation—was reveling in the thoroughness of her abasement.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • The ecstasy of abasement.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • But when, as in the case of Nicholas the Czar, the ringed crown of geographical empire encircles an imperial brain; then, the plebeian herds crouch abased before the tremendous centralization.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • As they abased themselves before him, Mr. Micawber took a seat, and waved his hand in his most courtly manner.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Vronsky felt his elevation and his own abasement, his truth and his own falsehood.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Meg pardoned him, and Mrs. March’s grave face relaxed, in spite of her efforts to keep sober, when she heard him declare that he would atone for his sins by all sorts of penances, and abase himself like a worm before the injured damsel.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Of the manner and extent to which he took our trumps into custody, and came out with mean little cards at the ends of hands, before which the glory of our Kings and Queens was utterly abased, I say nothing; nor, of the feeling that I had, respecting his looking upon us personally in the light of three very obvious and poor riddles that he had found out long ago.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • She could not modulate out the key of self-abasement in which she had started.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Sometimes his words were blurred, muffled, sometimes they came far too clearly to her ears, harsh, bitter words of confession and abasement, speaking of things she had never heard even a woman mention, secret things that brought the hot blood of modesty to her cheeks and made her grateful for his bowed head.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • But base Mony, may easily be enhanced, or abased.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • But they were generally accompanied by a sense of compunction and self-abasement of which Newland Archer felt no trace.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • The queen pressed her brother and the Emperor of Austria to appear to be wounded, as they really were, by the policy of Richelieu—the eternal object of which was the abasement of the house of Austria—to declare war against France, and as a condition of peace, to insist upon the dismissal of the cardinal; but as to love, there was not a single word about it in all the letter.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Oh, there’s a great deal of humiliation and self-abasement about it, but it all comes from pride….
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • A silent contemplation: a tentative velation: a gradual abasement: a solicitous aversion: a proximate erection.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • When he got out, when his spirit wrung with abasement and regret and passionate for hiding scuttled past the cold face of the woman behind the cigar case, he believed that he knew he would and could never see her again.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud and abase him.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • And thus the abasement had been exaltation, and the loss gain.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Why did her whole being bow, like corn under a wind, and erect itself again from this abasement only with a great and rather painful effort?
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • "Of course," he muttered to himself a minute later with a feeling of self-abasement, "of course, all these infamies can never be wiped out or smoothed over…. and so it’s useless even to think of it, and I must go to them in silence and do my duty…. in silence, too…. and not ask forgiveness, and say nothing…. for all is lost now!"
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • No matter what corruption he’s taught about the virtue of selflessness, sex is the most profoundly selfish of all acts, an act which he cannot perform for any motive but his own enjoyment-just try to think of performing it in a spirit of selfless charity!-an act which is not possible in self-abasement, only in self-exaltation, only in the confidence of being desired and being worthy of desire.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • There wasn’t just threatening and scolding this time but absolute abasement.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Such is the case now, after so many ancient prejudices have been overthrown; and it was far more so in ante-Revolutionary days, when the aristocracy could venture to be proud, and the low were content to be abased.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • I felt that I doubtless needn’t press too hard, in such company, on the place of a servant in the scale; but there was nothing to prevent an acceptance of my companion’s own measure of my predecessor’s abasement.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • Anselmo praised this second sonnet too, as he had praised the first; and so he went on adding link after link to the chain with which he was binding himself and making his dishonour secure; for when Lothario was doing most to dishonour him he told him he was most honoured; and thus each step that Camilla descended towards the depths of her abasement, she mounted, in his opinion, towards the summit of virtue and fair fame.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • If anything was needed to put the last touch to her self-abasement it was the sense of the way her old life was opening its ruts again to receive her.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • So abased, so monotonous is everything that meets the eye, that when the Ganges comes down it might be expected to wash the excrescence back into the soil.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • He cowered in the shadow of the thought, abasing himself in the awe of God Who had made all things and all men.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Will reseated himself, feeling some pity which was half contempt for this voluntary self-abasement of an elderly man.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • She abased herself completely.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Carol’s brows lifted in the astonishment of emotion, in a glory of abasement.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Phenomenon almost incredible though distinctly seen, what did he then behold but his own metallurgical Louisa, peeping with all her might through a hole in a deal board, and his own mathematical Thomas abasing himself on the ground to catch but a hoof of the graceful equestrian Tyrolean flower-act!
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • She’s never been anybody’s mistress before, she has never stooped so low, indulged in such abasement; if her husband discovers them, what will become of her?
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Hurry, in the main, was a good-hearted as well as good-natured fellow; and the self-abasement of his companion completely got the better of the passing feeling of personal vanity.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • GLOSSARY Abashed, abased, lowered, Abate, depress, calm, Abought, paid for, Abraid, started, Accompted, counted, Accorded, agreed, Accordment, agreement, Acquit, repay, Actually, actively, Adoubted, afraid, Advision, vision, Afeard, afraid, Afterdeal, disadvantage, Againsay, retract, Aknown, known, Aligement, alleviation, Allegeance, alleviation, Allow, approve, Almeries, chests, Alther, gen. pl., of all, Amounted, mounted, Anealed, anointed, Anguishly, in pain, Anon, at once, Apair,…
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • GLOSSARY Abashed, abased, lowered, Abate, depress, calm, Abought, paid for, Abraid, started, Accompted, counted, Accorded, agreed, Accordment, agreement, Acquit, repay, Actually, actively, Adoubted, afraid, Advision, vision, Afeard, afraid, Afterdeal, disadvantage, Againsay, retract, Aknown, known, Aligement, alleviation, Allegeance, alleviation, Allow, approve, Almeries, chests, Alther, gen. pl., of all, Amounted, mounted, Anealed, anointed, Anguishly, in pain, Anon, at once, Apair,…
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • …perfectly normal human instinct which you Anglo-Saxons insist upon calling lust and in whose service you revert in sabbaticals to the primordial caverns, the fall from what you call grace fogged and clouded by Heaven-defying words of extenuation and explanation, the return to grace heralded by Heaven-placating cries of satiated abasement and flagellation, in neither of which—the defiance or the placation—can Heaven find interest or even, after the first two or three times, diversion.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
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