- that degrades; debasing; humiliating: degrading submission.
Origin of degrading
[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 degrading
This is a degrading and shameful state which no man or woman should be forced to endure.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror
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It is not merely morally absurd to suggest that facts do not matter; as a person of color, it is insulting and degrading.Dear White People: Well-Meaning Paternalism Is Still Racist
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I could see what it had cost her, being put in that degrading place.The Cost: What Stop and Frisk Does to a Young Man’s Soul
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She calls shady allusions about her family “defamatory and degrading,” and “clearly anti-Semitic.”We Watch the DSK Sex Romp So You Don’t Have To
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“It would be degrading but we would be degrateful,” assured Poehler.The Crazy Emmy Awards 2013: Wild Upsets, Odd Hosting & More (VIDEO)
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This degrading humiliation of his rival must certainly be turned to account.Thoroughbreds
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To watch or to be watched, I know not which is most degrading; but I cannot think they are watching us.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
It would there have seemed purposeless, degrading and truly monstrous.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
It's degrading to compete with them … it's as degrading to compete for them.The Education of Eric Lane
Then you are likely to give up your plan of punishing the man for defaming and degrading you?The Eternal City
- causing humiliation; debasing
- (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 degrading
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