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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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The artists' use of debased signs and symbols, and their embrace of raw subjects from everyday life," he wrote, "shock and disorient the viewer into another state of mind.
Cramer's vital, depressing book shows how these two aging figures have debased the very societies they claim to serve.
The stone slabs were made by a new technique in which a special guillotine was developed to give them a riven surface, restoring to travertine, so often debased in the foyers of flashy hotels, noble visual and tactile qualities: returning it to the dignity it had in ancient times.
It is a sign of either how debased our expectations have become or how skillfully the Bush administration can shift the goal posts of public debate that the move was hailed as a victory for free speech.
Subtly, inexorably, a whole population was subverted to a debased moral philosophy.
Although the strategy allowed blacks to carve out a manner of existence as a debased member of society who masked his or her true sense of self, it also allowed for the complete internalizing of concepts of self inferiority.
28) And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind and to things that should not be done.
The illustrations need more detail (in every sense), and in some cases should be identified as debased copies after sixteenth-century originals (e.
She argues that Hayden's "orchestration" of folk speech and written language "had been enabled by other African-American writers who reclaimed black vernacular from its debased use and abuse in American popular culture.
It aims at letting other generations learn from our misfortunes that money is hardly ever debased without calamity to the State: Profit for the moment is intimately connected with manifold ruin along with rather great disadvantages.
Levinas's Otherness, it is argued, has sustained an interest in ethics as a means to eradicate a world that is debased.
Indeed, I would count it as one of the virtues necessary for a profession which is daily bombarded with trivia purporting to be significant, information debased into half-truths through exaggeration, and even downright lies.