base (adj.)
non-precious, worthless, of low value
Ham IV.i.26[Gertrude to Claudius] like some ore / Among a mineral of metals base
LLL IV.i.71[Boyet reading Armado's letter to Jaquenetta] O base and obscure vulgar!
MV II.ix.20[Arragon to himself, of the caskets] Gold, silver, and base lead
R3 V.iii.251[Richmond to all, of King Richard] A base foul stone, made precious by the foil / Of England's chair, where he is falsely set
Sonn.96.6[] on the finger of a throned queen / The basest jewel will be well esteemed
TC II.ii.93[Troilus to all, of Helen] O, theft most base, / That we have stolen what we do fear to keep!
Tim III.iii.6[Servant to Sempronius, of Titus' friends] They have all been touched and found base metal
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