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debase
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
to degrade (decrease) the purity, quality, or status of something — often morality or metals
  • But your cure must begin somewhere, and put it that a thousand things which debase a population can never be reformed without this particular reform to begin with.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (35% in)
  • Alas! the scientific conscience had got into the debasing company of money obligation and selfish respects.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (7% in)

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