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[ dih-grey-did ]


  1. reduced in rank, position, reputation, etc.:

    He felt degraded by the trivial tasks assigned to him.

  2. reduced in quality or value; debased; vulgarized:

    the degraded level of the modern novel.

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Other Words From

  • de·graded·ly adverb
  • de·graded·ness noun
  • unde·graded adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of degraded1

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English; degrade, -ed 2

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Example Sentences

She cites the “degraded performances of those technologies.”

NASA engineers initially thought the error came from a degraded memory module, but that turned out to be a red herring.

“By just fencing in degraded land, the process of restoration starts.”

One of the most degraded forests of India, Haryana’s Aravallis has suffered rapid deforestation.

From Quartz

By doing so, instead of repeating whatever degraded nonsense they’re picking up from the edge of your router’s limited radius, each unit gets its signal directly from the source with minimal signal loss.

It's a place where minorities are degraded and maligned for fun.

The nature of the mobile-enabled swarmcast means it appear to be degraded, but it has really only reconfigured.

I play strong characters, never degraded, never hit, never choked out, nothing like that.

A high end audio system from 50 years ago sounds better than your degraded, compressed product.

He degraded her and he really put her through the wringer, but she survived that and stayed with him anyway.

Music, especially singing and the pianoforte, is almost in a more degraded position than painting.

On the following day he was deprived of his office, and degraded to the rank of subordinate to a new steward.

She felt indignant and degraded, and was exceedingly impatient to escape from the humiliating visit.

The crown had been struck from the head of the king, and was snatched at by the most menial and degraded of his subjects.

Oppressed and degraded humanity was about to take vengeance for its ages of accumulated wrongs.