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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.
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But that didn't stop the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals from branding the October 1954 issue of ONE "morally, depraving and debasing.
Freedman provides a useful catalogue of the arguments on both sides--the positive image of the peasant and the negative, debasing image.
And though African American music with decisively popular elements has always been a cultural issue of some debate, both from the viewpoints of a white American cultural elite fearing "mongrelization" and from African American critics who have found the music on some level debasing, Joplin, Berlin shows, often remained above the discursive fray and was championed by ragtime's most ardent critics.
Those who do commit adultery are literally debasing or debauching their marriage and their family life.
Commenting on the freedom to innovate in one of his prologues, the ancient poet, Plautus seems to suggest the Roman view of debasing money when he says:
To her credit, Aniston projects Justine's increasing, debasing discomfort with a disciplined deal of ``well, what did I expect?
The Chinese have rightly been accused of debasing Tibetan culture.
As news of these consequences seep out, cynicism spreads, debasing political discourse and diminishing respect for fundamental institutions and principles.
Other situational issues Lowe bypasses are the fact that Joan of Arc had a higher and more durable charisma quotient than Henry V and the fact that French kings found alternative ways to finance the war - sales taxes, debasing the coinage - and were less dependent than the English on tax levies passed by national legislatures.
Simon, whose first book, Homicide, chronicled a year in the life of Baltimore detectives (and led to the TV series of the same name), and Burns, a former Baltimore police detective himself, describe the debasing effect all this has had on police work.
In a country where celebrities routinely spill their guts to the media in order to get that big all-American hug of approval (in return for debasing themselves), Kennedy Onassis kept to herself.
The first Catholic kings did not ordain this, but they determined by law how much silver was to be mixed with copper, lest the debasing of that money proceed further by an ever greater amount of copper.