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debase

verb
     
de‧base [transitive] formal
to make someone or something lose its value or people's respect:
The medical profession has been debased by these revelations.
debase yourself
actors who debased themselves by participating in the show
debase a currency/coinage (=reduce its value)
debasement noun [uncountable and countable]
currency debasement

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