baseness (n.) Old form(s): basenes , basenesse
socially inferior trait, plebeian quality
Ham V.ii.34[Hamlet to Horatio] I once did hold it ... / A baseness to write fair
KL I.ii.10[Edmund alone] Why brand they us / With 'base'? with 'baseness'?
MM III.i.15[disguised Duke to Claudio] all th'accommodations that thou bear'st / Are nursed by baseness
Oth III.iv.27[Desdemona to Emilia] but my noble Moor / Is ... made of no such baseness / As jealous creatures are
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