Something desperate and vague, a flicker of an insane desire to abase
himself before the mysterious impulses of evil, to ask for mercy in some way, passed through his mind; and then came the idea, the persuasion, the certitude, that the evil must be forgotten--must be resolutely ignored to make life possible; that the knowledge must be kept out of mind, out of sight, like the knowledge of certain death is kept out of the daily existence of men.
In its pride of numbers, in its strange pretensions of sanctity, and in the secret readiness to abase
itself in suffering, the spirit of Russia is the spirit of cynicism.
I wouldn't abase
myself by descending to hold no conversation with him' replied the Dodger.
Thus, to the rector, he addressed a bow, compounded of lay deference, and a slight touch of the shady preliminary meditation at church; to the doctor, a confidential bow, as to a gentleman whose acquaintance with his inside he begged respectfully to acknowledge; before the Quality he delighted to abase
himself; and for Uncle Parker, who was in the army (at least, so he had settled it), he put his open hand to the side of his hat, in a military manner which that angry-eyed buttoned-up inflammatory-faced old gentleman appeared but imperfectly to appreciate.
No one may be subject to criminal prosecution for the dissemination of information which abases
or humiliates honor and dignity of a person," the Coalition said in its appeal.
David Cameron leads an enormous delegation to India, and abases
himself and his country by rather unnecessarily saying that he is seized by a new 'spirit of humility'.