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[dih-grey-ding] /dɪˈgreɪ dɪŋ/
that degrades; debasing; humiliating:
degrading submission.
Origin of degrading
First recorded in 1675-85; degrade + -ing2
Related forms
degradingly, adverb
degradingness, noun
nondegrading, adjective
undegrading, adjective Unabridged
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  • Yet why should any one think that he is unworthily or degradingly employed.

  • How worse than empty are all our pratings about divine fatherhood if we illustrate its meaning only degradingly or misleadingly!

  • It was so easy, so degradingly easy, to pull the strings of the poor old puppet in any way I pleased!

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  • The tar-house is clearly known from a use to which it was degradingly put in latter days.

British Dictionary definitions for degradingly


causing humiliation; debasing
Derived Forms
degradingly, adverb
degradingness, noun
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