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declass

[ dee-klas, -klahs ]
/ diˈklæs, -ˈklɑs /
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verb (used with object)

to remove or degrade from one's social class, position, or rank; lower in status.

RELATED WORDS

lower, debase, lessen, reduce, impair, downgrade, discredit, cheapen, demean, vitiate, degenerate, corrupt, diminish, disgrace, weaken, deteriorate, bump, dismiss, relegate, demote

Nearby words

declaratory judgment, declare, declare war on, declared, declarer, declass, declasse, declassify, declension, declensional, declensionally

Origin of declass

From the French word déclasser, dating back to 1885–90. See de-, class
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Examples from the Web for declass

  • A man, a suspicious character, a declass, hears or discovers that there are important political documents in my house.

    My Memoirs|Marguerite Steinheil
  • In 1905 Declass had had to go because the German Emperor wished it.

    My Memoirs|Marguerite Steinheil

British Dictionary definitions for declass

declass

/ (diːˈklɑːs) /

verb

(tr) to lower in social status or position; degrade
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