baseness (n.) Old form(s): basenes, basenesse
lowly activity, contemptible work
H8 I.ii.67.1[Queen Katherine to King Henry, of the grievances about taxation] There is no primer baseness [i.e. no more serious instance of wickedness] [F]
Tem III.i.12[Ferdinand alone, of his work] such baseness / Had never like executor
Tem III.i.2[Ferdinand alone] Some kinds of baseness / Are nobly undergone
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