Translation of debase in Spanish:

debase

degradar, v.

Pronunciation: /dəˈbeɪs//dɪˈbeɪs/

transitive verb

  • 1

    (devalue)
    (ideal/principle) degradar
    (principle/ideal) envilecer
    (language) corromper
    (language) viciar
    the debased standards of the time la decadencia de la época
    • The intimidation of political dissidents threatens the right of free speech for all and debases our traditions of civil liberty and tolerance.
    • The phenomenon distorts religion, debases tradition, and twists the political process wherever it unfolds.
    • Public life has been debased by the rancid culture of personality politics.
    • The state has understood this lesson since the kings of old began repeatedly to debase the coinage.
    • In Europe, gold was democratized by its use in coins, even though successive rulers tried to debase them by mixing in lesser metals or reducing their size.
    • I mean, they use military language in football, too, and we don't complain about that overstating the case or debasing the language.
    • This is the sort of thing that debases a language and a culture.
    • This skewed history is the result of an oral culture being debased and devalued through the past century.
    • But they should not be allowed to force us into unnecessarily debasing the quality of our democracy.
    • The ‘anti’ brigade says that gifts can debase the trust between doctor and patient and devalue the true value of the care that doctors give.
    • Milton Friedman pointed out some years ago that when the government spends, it will figure out a way to finance its spending, whether by taxes, by deficit borrowing or debasing the currency.
    • It was reprehensible the way they debased the institutions of government to fund the '96 campaign.
    • But it does so through the methods of politics, however corrupted and debased these have become in our country.
    • The result is a debased, debauched culture which finds moral depravity entertaining and virtue contemptible.
    • As a place for sport and place for pride, this wonderful space has been debased by senseless people acting, presumably, on behalf of the nation, without, of course, the people's voice.
    • The US financed the war through printing extra dollars (rather than through increased taxation) and so it debased its own currency.
    • Inflation, which is always politically engineered, devalues currencies, debases trust and takes years to work its way out of investors' perceptions.
    • It should be noted that the coinage was often debased (lowered in value through the admixture of alloy) and strategically revalued.
    • I'm all about building up the human spirit, not debasing it and degrading it all the more.
    • These are the sort of values that Australian people cherish, are entitled to but are being debased by this government.
    • Sayles shows us characters peddling debased versions of history and culture put to the service of marketing.
    • Everywhere people recognise that genuine forms of corruption debase the quality of their life, lead to the degradation of their social and physical environment.
    • Part of the charge against the Olympics is that while proclaiming simple idealism it in fact debases the meaning and purpose of sport itself.
    • His way is not just to debase traditional standards; it is to do away with them altogether.
    • Rather, it assumes a more traditional role in which art becomes a privatized sphere of reality, seen in opposition to a world debased by common values.
  • 2

    (demean)
    (person) degradar
    (person) rebajar
    she refused to debase herself by accepting bribes no quiso degradarse / rebajarse aceptando sobornos
    • There is no evidence in this case of any positive intention to humiliate or debase the applicant.
    • Trying to keep track of 18 people rapidly debasing themselves in the hope of winning a million dollars was no easy feat.
    • His message spoke directly to a people who had been utterly debased by the country's white-supremacist society.
    • Monroe had fled to the Actors Studio in the mid-'50s to achieve something more than the stardom she felt debased her.
    • If the Minister had received cash in return for assisting a visa or passport application, that would debase him.
    • The sick jerk probably debased us in his mind to the point where we didn't even have any feelings.
    • The acts complained of were such as to arouse in the applicant feelings of fear, anguish, and inferiority capable of humiliating and debasing him and possibly breaking his resistance.
    • You can see the suppressed masculine rage about this emerging in the phenomenal rise of violent internet porn based on debasing women and ‘putting them in their place’.
    • For some people extending human control over genes is the supreme act of hubris and, like all hubris, threatens paradoxically not to elevate but to debase us.
    • In the light of the foregoing, the Court considers that in the present case there is no evidence that there was a positive intention of humiliating or debasing the applicant.
    • As a Christian I believe we must always recognize the dignity of even the most debased human being and we should not take pleasure in their death.
    • We expect our television to debase us, empty us, and condescend to us.
    • The corollary is that when shown what debases us, our soul compresses and our ego inflates.
    • People like to watch people debase themselves.
    • It is deemed treatment to be degrading because it was such as to arouse in the victims feelings of fear, anguish and inferiority capable of humiliating and debasing them.
    • It is unfair, unequal, biased, and debases us all.
    • Far from debasing his models (most of whom are not naked), Newton places them at the heart of a deep and complex drama where they rule like errant queens.
    • For those viewers who aren't regular watchers of this show, let me recap how the game works: People debase themselves for money.
    • Not content to debase himself, he insisted that his wife drink as well.
    • He is representative of the debased and semi-criminal character of the oligarchy that rules the country.
  • 3

    (coinage) alterar