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Definition treat as if of low worth — often of self
  • In our world there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement.
    George Orwell  --  1984
abasement = treatment as if of low worth
  • 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
  • abasement = feeling of low worth
  • If they would serve their fellowmen, let them do it by making manifest the power and reality of conscience, in constraining them to penitential self-abasement!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • abasement = treatment as if of low worth
  • His moral force was abased into more than childish weakness.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • abased = degraded (lessened or lowered)
  • He is supposed to live in a continuous frenzy of hatred of foreign enemies and internal traitors, triumph over victories, and self-abasement before the power and wisdom of the Party.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • abasement = treatment as if of low worth
  • Strengthened by years of hard and solemn trial, she felt herself no longer so inadequate to cope with Roger Chillingworth as on that night, abased by sin and half-maddened by the ignominy that was still new, when they had talked together in the prison-chamber.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • abased = degraded (lessened or lowered)
  • And at the utter abasement the soul he despised suddenly leaped and quivered with the thought of Ray Longstreth.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • 40:11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.
    The Bible  --  Job
  • 'What joy it will be to grovel and abase myself before the Queen!
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • 'I wouldn't abase myself by descending to hold no conversation with him,' replied the Dodger.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Will reseated himself, feeling some pity which was half contempt for this voluntary self-abasement of an elderly man.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • This sent Albert into a frenzy of abasement.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • He had concealed nothing, and even, in his self-abasement, he had striven to make himself more despicable than he had really been.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • I stand abased in my own eyes.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • The ecstasy of abasement.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • 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
  • 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
  • Vronsky felt his elevation and his own abasement, his truth and his own falsehood.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • All is over for me," she replied with shame and self-abasement.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • White Fang crawled slowly, cringing and grovelling in the abjectness of his abasement and submission.
    Jack London  --  White Fang

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