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abase
used in Moby Dick

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treat as if of low worth — often of self
  • 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.
    Chapters 31-33 — Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (98% in)
  • But were the coming narrative to reveal in any instance, the complete abasement of poor Starbuck's fortitude, scarce might I have the heart to write it; for it is a thing most sorrowful, nay shocking, to expose the fall of valour in the soul.
    Chapters 25-27 — Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (35% in)
  • If, then, to meanest mariners, and renegades and castaways, I shall hereafter ascribe high qualities, though dark; weave round them tragic graces; if even the most mournful, perchance the most abased, among them all, shall at times lift himself to the exalted mounts; if I shall touch that workman's arm with some ethereal light; if I shall spread a rainbow over his disastrous set of sun; then against all mortal critics bear me out in it, thou Just Spirit of Equality, which hast spread...
    Chapters 25-27 — Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (43% in)

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