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abase - verb

To deprive of esteem, to diminish a person’s self-worth or effectiveness; to degrade or demean; to humble, humiliate, mortify; to bring low, take down a peg.

When metastases appeared, men were castrated, since testosterone seemed to promote cancer growth. Does this mean that urological surgeons were, consciously or subconsciously, acting out as alpha males to dominate and abase vulnerable men of the tribe?

—Jerome Groopman ”The Sexual Politics of Cancer” New York Times, January 9, 2000

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