KJV Dictionary Definition: abase


ABA'SE, v.t. Fr abaisser, from bas, low, or the bottom; W. bais; Latin and Gr. basis; Eng. base; It. Abbassare; Sp. bare, low. See Abash.

1. The literal sense of abase is to lower or depress, to throw or cast down, as used by Bacon, "to abase the eye." But the word is seldom used in reference to material things.

2. To cast down; to reduce low; to depress; to humble; to degrade; applied to the passions, rank, office, and condition in life.

Those that walk in pride he is able to abase. Dan. 4.

Whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased, Mat. 23. Job. 40. 2 Cor. 11.


ABA'SED, pp. Reduced to a low state, humbled, degraded.

In heraldry, it is used of the wings of eagles, when the tops are turned downwards towards the point of the shield; or when the wings are shut, the natural way of bearing them being spread, with the top pointing to the chief of the angle.


ABA'SEMENT, n. The act of humbling or bringing low; also a state of depression, degradation, or humiliation.


ABA'SING, ppr. Humbling, depressing, bringing low.