Debasement

(redirected from debase)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.

Debasement

The act of lowering the value of something, especially a coin. In the past, a government would melt coins down and mix them with a metal of lower value in order to create more coins of the same denomination. This inevitably caused inflation, though it is unclear how well these governments understood that. Because few currencies are now based on a precious metal, debasement it rare.
References in periodicals archive ?
But the question is this: Can a prince in every case solve his fiscal problems on his own authority and debase his kingdom's money by diminishing its weight or its quality?
And that's a shame to have to debase such a distinctive building.
They sit in cafA bars, drinking frappAs and coming up with shows which, far from enhancing art, debase and degrade.
In fact, the extant coins of these kings are all rough and indications of the tendency to debase money during these years, but the Catholic rulers, Ferdinand and Isabella, stabilized this volatility by a law that set the price for eight ounces of natural silver at two thousand two hundred ten maravedis, but when minted at two thousand two hundred seventy-eight.
The wistful irony confronts us that it is, in fact, those who seek to define the world through the human rational facility who are "tingeing the world," excluding the glorious infinitudes of emotion and mystery from their awareness of life as they debase existence to purely logical standards.
With the rapid growth of the Brazilian wireless market, we are seeing that carriers like ATL are taking precautions so fraud does not debase their service," said David Paulson, Synacom's vice president of worldwide sales and marketing.
And thanks to George Galloway for proving that [ the lower you debase 1 yourself on TV, the her your popularity will soar.
In response to John Wisdom Dancer's letter: I find it sad, even for a loony liberal, to debase one of our greatest presidents of the 20th century.
It's not just the grinning faces as they debase live prisoners and gloat over dead ones.
Unfortunately, we have become addicted not only to entertainment for its own sake, but also to modes of entertainment that debase our morals and degrade our intelligence.
Few people would undertake to debase that money because of less profit; nor would it be easy for ordinary people--and such, for the most part, are those who make counterfeit money--to maintain mints to coin similar money.
And he challenged: "Stop grubbing around in a desperate search for stories which only debase the discussion.