abaisser

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From Middle French, from Old French abaissier, from a (to, towards) + baissier (to lower). See Modern French à, baisser

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abaisser

  1. (literally, transitive) To lower; to reduce; to bring down
  2. (reflexive, transitive) To come or go down; to descend.
  3. (figuratively, reflexive, transitive) To humble oneself, demean oneself, stoop; abase, degrade, humiliate.
    Le fils repentant s'abaissait en abaissant sa culotte pour une fessée bien-méritée.
    The repentant (remorseful) son humbled himself by lowering his briefs (pants) for a well-deserved spanking.

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  • English: to abase
  • Mauritian Creole: abese

References[edit]

  • Nouveau Petit Larousse illustré. Dictionnaire encyclopédique. Paris, Librairie Larousse, 1952, 146th edition

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