Abasedly to Abdominal
(A*bas"ed*ly) adv. Abjectly; downcastly.
(A*base"ment) n. [Cf. F. abaissement.] The act of abasing, humbling, or bringing low; the
state of being abased or humbled; humiliation.
(A*bas"er) n. He who, or that which, abases.
(A*bash") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Abashed (a*basht"); p. pr. & vb. n. Abashing.] [OE. abaissen,
abaisshen, abashen, OF. esbahir, F. ébahir, to astonish, fr. L. ex + the interjection bah, expressing
astonishment. In OE. somewhat confused with abase. Cf. Finish.] To destroy the self-possession
of; to confuse or confound, as by exciting suddenly a consciousness of guilt, mistake, or inferiority; to put
to shame; to disconcert; to discomfit.
Abashed, the devil stood,
And felt how awful goodness is.
He was a man whom no check could abash.
Syn. To confuse; confound; disconcert; shame. To Abash, Confuse, Confound. Abash is a stronger
word than confuse, but not so strong as confound. We are abashed when struck either with sudden
shame or with a humbling sense of inferiority; as, Peter was abashed by the look of his Master. So a
modest youth is abashed in the presence of those who are greatly his superiors. We are confused
when, from some unexpected or startling occurrence, we lose clearness of thought and self- possession.
Thus, a witness is often confused by a severe cross- examination; a timid person is apt to be confused
in entering a room full of strangers. We are confounded when our minds are overwhelmed, as it were,
by something wholly unexpected, amazing, dreadful, etc., so that we have nothing to say. Thus, a criminal
is usually confounded at the discovery of his guilt.
Awhile as mute, confounded what to say.
(A*bash"ed*ly) adv. In an abashed manner.
(A*bash"ment) n. [Cf. F. ébahissement.] The state of being abashed; confusion from shame.
(||A*bas"sis) n. [Ar. & Per. abasi, belonging to Abas (a king of Persia).]
A silver coin of Persia, worth about twenty cents.
(A*bat"a*ble) a. Capable of being abated; as, an abatable writ or nuisance.
(A*bate") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Abated, p. pr. & vb. n. Abating.] [OF. abatre to beat down, F.
abattre, LL. abatere; ab or ad + batere, battere Cf. Bate, Batter.]
1. To beat down; to overthrow. [Obs.]
The King of Scots . . . sore abated the walls.
2. To bring down or reduce from a higher to a lower state, number, or degree; to lessen; to diminish; to
contract; to moderate; to cut short; as, to abate a demand; to abate pride, zeal, hope.
His eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.
Deut. xxxiv. 7.
3. To deduct; to omit; as, to abate something from a price.
Nine thousand parishes, abating the odd hundreds.
4. To blunt. [Obs.]
To abate the edge of envy.