transitive verb


to lower oneself in rank, office, or prestige

Example Quote:

… the shame that had abased him within and without …—James Joyce

Archaic Definition:

to lower physically

Example Quote:

As we enter among them the great elephant makes us a bow in the best style of elephantine courtesy, bending lowly down his mountain bulk, with trunk abased and leg thrust out behind. —Nathaniel Hawthorne

Personal Commentary:

I think paizo suggest this word for both meanings. Either changes the diction of a narrator to suggest a more formal form of speech, which can help with a dramatic scene.

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