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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 writer of the history of that king describes how one of the two causes of this disastrous situation was the debasing of the coinage carried out by quite a few of the previous kings.
[It] is a debasing and humiliating procedure." The scanner being deployed uses low-dose X-rays that can see through clothing but not human skin and can even reveal such personal details as evidence of mastectomies, colostomy appliances, penile implants, catheter tubes, and the size of breasts and genitals.
What Havenstein means by her title, however, is not the appropriation of Browne's texts for democratic -- or the Good Old Cause's, or proto-Whig -- purposes: "Democratizing," for her is synonymous with debasing and cheapening, regardless of the politics involved.
(In one short story, a lesbian couple touched each other four times before living happily ever after--which was apparently the story's real crime in the eyes of the government.) 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.
The present incumbent has only succeeded in debasing the office, treating it as just another sideline without lending it any of the concern or consideration required of the holder of the position.
A law of Emperor Justinian concerning solidi can be found under the heading De Susceptoribus, praepositis, et arcariis, and begins with "Quotiescumque." 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: Qui utuntur vino veteri sapientes puto Nam nunc novae, quae prodeunt comoediae, Multo sunt nequiores quam Nummi novi.
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.
On January 27, Charles Cohen, the pro-code historian, had written, "as a spokesman for the Majority," to the dean and associate dean of students, asking for information about possible relevant "debasing and derogating expression in the classroom." The deans took their best shot, but most of their examples further alarmed anyone who cared about free speech: "Professor showed slides and made comments that made female students uncomfortable"; "Complainant feels faculty makes light of homophobia during lecture"; "Complainant reports prevalent homophobia and heterosexism in a language class"; "Faculty allegedly made insulting reference to the student's country (other than the U.S.)." Presumably, an insulting reference to the United States would not have been actionable.