Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


Lewd fellows of the baser sort.
Acts, Chapter xvii. Verse 5.

I saw them murd’ring in cold blood,
Not the gentlemen, but wild and rude—
The baser sort.
Scott.—Waverley, Preface to Third Edition.

A base perjury man.
Colman, Jun.—Heir-at-Law, Act IV. Scene 1.

1.And how does noble Chamont?
2.Never ill, man, until I hear of baseness,
Then I sicken.
Beaumont and Fletcher.—Nice Valour, Act I. Scene 1.

To what base uses we may return, Horatio!
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act V. Scene 1. (Hamlet to him.)

Base in kind, and born to be a slave.
Cowper.—Table Talk, Line 28.