One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the code of chivalry has been debased and sentimentalized’
degrade, devalue, demean, lower the status of, reduce the status of, cheapen, prostitute, discredit, drag down, drag through the mud, tarnish, blacken, blemish
disgrace, dishonour, shame, bring shame to, humble, humiliate
damage, harm, undermine
2‘copper hardens the coin without significantly debasing the silver’
reduce in value, reduce in quality
contaminate, adulterate, pollute, taint, defile, spoil, foul, sully, depreciate, corrupt, bastardize
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