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degrading

[dih-grey-ding] /dɪˈgreɪ dɪŋ/
adjective
1.
that degrades; debasing; humiliating:
degrading submission.
Origin of degrading
1675-1685
First recorded in 1675-85; degrade + -ing2
Related forms
degradingly, adverb
degradingness, noun
nondegrading, adjective
undegrading, adjective

degrade

[dih-greyd or for 3, dee-greyd] /dɪˈgreɪd or for 3, diˈgreɪd/
verb (used with object), degraded, degrading.
1.
to lower in dignity or estimation; bring into contempt:
He felt they were degrading him by making him report to the supervisor.
2.
to lower in character or quality; debase.
3.
to reduce (someone) to a lower rank, degree, etc.; deprive of office, rank, status, or title, especially as a punishment:
degraded from director to assistant director.
4.
to reduce in amount, strength, intensity, etc.
5.
Physical Geography. to wear down by erosion, as hills.
Compare aggrade.
6.
Chemistry. to break down (a compound, especially an organic hydrocarbon).
verb (used without object), degraded, degrading.
7.
to become degraded; weaken or worsen; deteriorate.
8.
Chemistry. (especially of an organic hydrocarbon compound) to break down or decompose.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English degraden < Late Latin dēgradāre, equivalent to Latin dē- de- + grad(us) grade + -āre infinitive suffix
Related forms
degrader, noun
Synonyms
1. disgrace, dishonor, discredit. 2. abase, vitiate. 3. demote, depose, downgrade, lower, cashier, break.
Antonyms
1, 2. exalt. 3. promote.
Synonym Study
1. See humble.
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  • This degrading humiliation of his rival must certainly be turned to account.

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  • To watch or to be watched, I know not which is most degrading; but I cannot think they are watching us.

  • It would there have seemed purposeless, degrading and truly monstrous.

  • It's degrading to compete with them … it's as degrading to compete for them.

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  • Then you are likely to give up your plan of punishing the man for defaming and degrading you?

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British Dictionary definitions for degrading

degrading

/dɪˈɡreɪdɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing humiliation; debasing
Derived Forms
degradingly, adverb
degradingness, noun

degrade

/dɪˈɡreɪd/
verb
1.
(transitive) to reduce in worth, character, etc; disgrace; dishonour
2.
(transitive) (diːˈɡreɪd). to reduce in rank, status, or degree; remove from office; demote
3.
(transitive) to reduce in strength, quality, intensity, etc
4.
to reduce or be reduced by erosion or down-cutting, as a land surface or bed of a river Compare aggrade
5.
(chem) to decompose or be decomposed into atoms or smaller molecules
Derived Forms
degrader, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin dēgradāre, from Latin de- + gradus rank, degree
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Word Origin and History for degrading

degrade

v.

late 14c., from Old French degrader (12c.) "degrade, deprive (of office, rank, etc.)," from des- "down" (see dis-) + Latin gradus "step" (see grade (n.)). Related: Degraded; degrading.

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