baseness (n.) Old form(s): basenesse
debasement, lowly state, humiliation
AC IV.xiv.77.1[Antony to Eros, of himself in Rome] the wheeled seat / Of fortunate Caesar ... branded / His baseness that ensued
Tim III.i.47[Flaminius to Lucullus, of the money] Fly, damned baseness, / To him that worships thee!
WT II.iii.78[Paulina to Antigonus, of Leontes calling the baby a bastard] that forced baseness / Which he has put upon't!
WT IV.iv.729[Autolycus to Shepherd] Reflect I not on thy baseness court-contempt?
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