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BASE. Something low; inferior. This word is frequently used in composition; as base court, base estate, base fee, &c.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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(140) "[T]he crime [must] involve some level of depravity or baseness 'so far contrary to the moral law' that it gives rise to moral outrage" in order to be a CIMT according to the Ninth Circuit.
On the other hand, Richard Flatter's German version (1952): "gleich jenem Paria," extremely precise and peculiar, exemplifies how moving away from the constrictions of flat "fidelity" renders the significant over the superficial, by using a term that carries across cultures the fundamental content of "baseness" and "foreignness" at once, cancelling the distracting aspects altogether-except, of course, in cultures where "Pariah" will evidently bring trouble and hence call for a different approach.
There has been no limit to the depth of their baseness, chicanery, deceit and degradation.
The report wraps up with a reference to the degree of baseness and degradation that media outlets owned by the blockading countries have reached.
On paper it's a hideous display of lowest common denominator baseness that sees couples humping their way to PS50,000.
The concept of purity "suggests something full of light and innocence, free of the encumbrances of baseness, lies, ignorance of true worth, and scorn." His embodiment of purity is Rosalind in Shakespeare's As You Like It, "as far from a delicate hothouse flower as it is possible to be." Esolen notes that all human languages are at one in the insight that when we treat with contempt something that claims our reverence, we cast dirt upon it.
When the war began, the persecuted population heard from the loudspeakers,"Brothers and sisters!" The baseness of Russia's rulers lies in the way they have always taken advantage of this remarkable human emotion: the love of homeland and the willingness to sacrifice everything for it.
And progressivism has become code for the baseness that has always inhabited the bottom rung of American thought, dressed up as Puritanism, Know-Nothings, McCarthyism and political correctness.
(6) The perseverance of art in the face of unspeakable human baseness offers a glimmer of hope, as well as gratitude for and responsibility to our "holde Kunst."
They either don't want to know or have no idea of the sordid baseness of the asphalt jungle in town or city life.
Lest this all seem like mere provocation, one should note that the artist has been thinking about the baseness of the body for some time now.
Provocative and difficult to read, this book like no other reveals the nature of human baseness and forces us to take a fresh look at ourselves.