Origin of degradation
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Examples from the Web for degradation
There are always examples of degradation, but there are very few examples of ecosystems left that are that pristine.Republicans: Obama’s Ocean Protection Plan Evidence of ‘Imperial Presidency’
June 23, 2014
“Since this past November, you have seen the slow and steady drumbeat of degradation,” Steele says.The New, Not Necessarily Improved, Chris Christie
December 30, 2013
And this of course raises the specter of Republican lies that make their own contribution to the degradation of public discourse.Obama and Romney Are Both Liars
October 2, 2012
So it is with Just Send Me Word, a heroic love story amid the squalor and degradation of the Gulag.‘Just Send Me Word’ by Orlando Figes: Life and Love in the Gulag
June 10, 2012
The legacy of the degradation of bodies in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region is historical.Perry Has a Point About the Marines Video vs. the Daniel Pearl Video
Asra Q. Nomani
January 19, 2012
From the symbol of her degradation, she looked to the man whose action had placed it there.
It was blasphemy to think of her in such case, subjected to the degradation of these processes.
She had very honourable alliances, and yet she has thought it no degradation to be governess to Madame de Pompadour's daughter.The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete
Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
She contrasted them with his own weakness and supineness and degradation.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
He was right at the bottom now, in the last state of degradation.Fruitfulness
- the act of degrading or the state of being degraded
- a state of degeneration, squalor, or poverty
- some act, constraint, etc, that is degrading
- the wearing down of the surface of rocks, cliffs, etc, by erosion, weathering, or some other process
- chem a breakdown of a molecule into atoms or smaller molecules
- physics an irreversible process in which the energy available to do work is decreased
- RC Church the permanent unfrocking of a priest
Word Origin and History for degradation
1530s, from French dégradation (14c., Old French degradacion), from Medieval Latin degradationem (nominative degradatio), noun of action from past participle stem of degradare (see degrade).
- Progressive decomposition of a chemical compound into a less complex compound.