- reduced in rank, position, reputation, etc.: He felt degraded by the trivial tasks assigned to him.
- reduced in quality or value; debased; vulgarized: the degraded level of the modern novel.
Origin of degraded
[dih-greyd or for 3, dee-greyd]
- to lower in dignity or estimation; bring into contempt: He felt they were degrading him by making him report to the supervisor.
- to lower in character or quality; debase.
- to reduce (someone) to a lower rank, degree, etc.; deprive of office, rank, status, or title, especially as a punishment: degraded from director to assistant director.
- to reduce in amount, strength, intensity, etc.
- Physical Geography. to wear down by erosion, as hills.Compare aggrade.
- Chemistry. to break down (a compound, especially an organic hydrocarbon).
- to become degraded; weaken or worsen; deteriorate.
- Chemistry. (especially of an organic hydrocarbon compound) to break down or decompose.
Origin of degrade
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1. disgrace, dishonor, discredit. 2. abase, vitiate. 3. demote, depose, downgrade, lower, cashier, break.
1. See humble.
1, 2. exalt. 3. promote.
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Examples from the Web for degraded
It's a place where minorities are degraded and maligned for fun.The Fox News Apology Tour
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The nature of the mobile-enabled swarmcast means it appear to be degraded, but it has really only reconfigured.ISIS Is Winning the Online Jihad Against the West
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October 1, 2014
A high end audio system from 50 years ago sounds better than your degraded, compressed product.25 Things I Want from an Online Music Service (and Almost Never Get)
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He degraded her and he really put her through the wringer, but she survived that and stayed with him anyway.Adam Driver on Role-Play Sex with Lena Dunham on ‘Girls’ and Adam’s Stormy Relationship with Hannah
March 10, 2014
When people and goods can't move because of a degraded transportation infrastructure, business comes to a screeching halt.The MTA and New York City Will Get Hit Again
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Some of these had indeed been tamed, but more had been degraded.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
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He need no longer fear that Alice would be degraded in the eyes of Evelyn.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
She had called him hers while another woman held his vows, and she was degraded.Meadow Grass
Mites are not true insects, but are the most degraded of spiders.
Besides, it was borrowed from the syllabus of a degraded superstition.
- (tr) to reduce in worth, character, etc; disgrace; dishonour
- (diːˈɡreɪd) (tr) to reduce in rank, status, or degree; remove from office; demote
- (tr) to reduce in strength, quality, intensity, etc
- to reduce or be reduced by erosion or down-cutting, as a land surface or bed of a riverCompare aggrade
- chem to decompose or be decomposed into atoms or smaller molecules
C14: from Late Latin dēgradāre, from Latin de- + gradus rank, degree
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Word Origin and History for degraded
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