A Dictionary of the English Language/abase
To Aba′se. v. a. [Fr. abaissir, from the Lat. basis, or bassus, a barbarous word, signifying low, base.]
To depress, to lower.
To cast down, to depress, to bring low; in a figurative and personal sense, which is the common use.
Happy shepherd, to the gods be thankful, that to thy advancement their wisdoms have thee abased.[[Author:|Sidney, b. i]].