baseness (n.) Old form(s): basenesse, basenesse
cowardice, degenerateness, degradation
AC IV.xiv.57[Antony to Eros] the gods / Detest my baseness
Cor III.ii.123.1[Coriolanus to Volumnia] by my body's action teach my mind / A most inherent baseness
Cym III.v.89[Cloten to Pisanio, of Posthumus] From whom so many weights of baseness cannot / A dram of worth be drawn
MW II.ii.20[Falstaff to Pistol] thou unconfinable baseness
TN V.i.144[Olivia to Viola as Cesario] it is the baseness of thy fear / That makes thee strangle thy propriety
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