Definition of abasement in English:



  • [mass noun] The action or fact of abasing or being abased; humiliation or degradation.

    • ‘Throughout history a doffed hat has symbolized defeat, humility and abasement before one's betters.’
    • ‘She allows us to examine our own appetites for public abasement without feeling guilty.’
    • ‘Perhaps what takes Hamlet so much time in the play is that a ritual of abasement needs to performed.’
    • ‘It is not so much an abasement of self as an acknowledgment that one's own way may not be the only or even the best way.’
    • ‘I beg that someone will recognise my abasement and meet my very human but mutually exclusive needs.’
    • ‘Welcome to the complete and total abasement of our Party.’
    humility, humbleness, humiliation, belittlement, lowering, degradation, disgrace, mortification
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