VCR LESSON FIVE PRESENTATION

FILL IN THE BLANK WITH THE BEST ANSWER FROM LESSON FIVE:

Sally's self accomplishment of an 85 on a test was _____________ when she compared her scores to the other grades in her class because all of her classmates' scores were higher than her grade.
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DEBASE tr. v.

To lower in quality, value, or dignity; to degrade.

ROOT

1560s, from de- "down" + base (adj.) "low," on analogy of abase (or, alternatively, from obsolete verb base "to abuse").

(Dictionary.com)

SYNONYM

  • Degrade
  • Pollute
  • Corrupt
  • Contaminate
  • Demean
  • Reduce
  • Cheapen
EXAMPLE: The Cheese grader began to debase sharp cheddar cheese because he felt smarter.

ANTONYM

  • Boost
  • Enhance
  • Esteem
  • Honor
  • Upgrade
INCORRECT EXAMPLE: President Obama debased a war veteran with a medal of honor and a banquet recognizes the veteran's bravery.

PARTS OF SPEECH

NOUN:

  • Debasement
  • Debaser (The person who degraded something or someone else)
EXAMPLE: The debasement of Jewish people by the Nazi's can be agreed upon as a wrong and hateful act.

YOU TRY: PICK THE SENTENCE WITH THE BEST/CORRECT USAGE

  1. The president of a corporate company debased his secretary by giving her a pay raise and promoting her to office manager.
  2. Debby, the debaser, felt harassed and belittled after her peers were extremely unkind towards her.
  3. After the stock market crash and a rapid increase in inflation, the dollar was debased as a monetary unit.
  4. The debasing speech caused many to feel less confident and stupider.
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CORRECT ANSWER: #3

1. A more accurate word that would fit here is "upgraded" which is an antonym of debased.

2. Debaser is suppose to describe the person degrading another, but the sentence describes Debby as the one being degraded.

4. It is being used as an adjective instead of a noun or verb.