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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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History is replete with instances of individuals who attained great popularity by appealing to the basest instincts of their target audience and some of them have ended up doing great disservice to society.
When asked about violent or demeaning content, some in Hollywood shrug, "It's what the public wants." But there's a fine line between catering to the public and pandering to their basest instincts.
Repeated attacks on women reveal the basest and most vile nature of man.
However, you simply cannot talk to wild animals in the garb of humans who draw on obscure and even non-existent religious precedents and kill innocent people, motivated by nothing but the basest levels of reactivity, retaliation and revenge.
An advocate of the use of force against the Arab nations, he has supplemented this with the use of the basest forms of treachery, offering peace to the Arabs, while at the same time unleashing unproved attacks against their frontiers.
It follows Dr Faust (played by Johannes Zeiler) as he pursues his basest instincts in a frantic search for power and love.
Representatives of the video game industry, which currently takes in $10 billion per year, were crowing Monday about how the court's ruling protects the "constitutional rights" of its customers but in reality, all they care about is their bottom line, and they're not the least bit shy about appealing to some of our basest instincts to fatten it up.
Not helped by an economic crisis and self-interested politicians, the discussion on race reverted to its basest form.
Crude World, by Peter Maas, looks at all that surrounds extraction, in chapters named after the basest of human instincts, such as Fear, Greed, Plunder, and Desire.
They have a chance to repudiate the worst of the Tea Party crowd and show that they can govern without appealing to the basest political instincts.
Your basest instincts, your intuition, is not something one should toss to the side.
Because if anything was designed to demonstrate the basest and most ragged of what human nature has to offer, it is the car boot sale.