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debase
used in The Bluest Eye

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Definition
to degrade (decrease) the purity, quality, or status of something — often morality or metals
  • Hearing "civilized" languages debase humans ... I can say that my narrative project is as difficult today as it was thirty years ago.
    6 — Afterword (97% in)
debase = degrade (in this case, reduce the value or status of being human)
  • Hearing "civilized" languages debase humans, watching cultural exorcisms debase literature, seeing oneself preserved in the amber of disqualifying metaphors—I can say that my narrative project is as difficult today as it was thirty years ago.
    6 — Afterword (97% in)

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