verb (used with object), de·grad·ed, de·grad·ing.
verb (used without object), de·grad·ed, de·grad·ing.
Origin of degrade
SYNONYMS FOR degrade
Related formsde·grad·er, noun
Examples from the Web for degrade
Now Obama promises to “degrade and destroy” the self-declared Islamic State (or ISIL, or ISIS).Why ISIS Keeps Running Circles Around Us, Just Like Al Qaeda Did Before 9/11|Christopher Dickey|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
U.S. warplanes have already flown more than 100 sorties to degrade ISIS ground forces, and many more bombs are on the way.
The plan to degrade al Qaeda enough so that U.S. forces can leave is already lagging behind schedule.Obama’s Counterterror Plan Has New Doubters: His Own Generals and Spies|Josh Rogin, Kimberly Dozier|July 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Dioxin” is the dirtiest of dirty words and this designation, like the chemical itself, does not degrade.
Kenneth recognizes the terrible truths of our existence: that gun violence will continue to devastate and degrade everyone.If Gun Violence Is A Disease, These People Might Just Be The Cure|Moral Courage|April 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This would be to degrade Him into the head of a rival sect, which it is convenient for state purposes to make supreme.The Gospel of St. John|Frederick Denison Maurice
Byron had sworn to love man and nature, and to glorify their works, on the very instant he seeks to degrade and vilify.
Is it in order to degrade their superiors, to raise the status of menials?The Nabob|Alphonse Daudet
In this locality, like all others, there were two parties, or two spirits—one was to improve the other to degrade society.Pen Pictures|B. F. Craig
And then the continual effort to degrade the Mass, to rob it of its mystery and holy character—it's clever, it's subtle.A Lost Cause|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull