degrading

[ dih-grey-ding ]
/ dɪˈgreɪ dɪŋ /

adjective

that degrades; debasing; humiliating: degrading submission.

Origin of degrading

First recorded in 1675–85; degrade + -ing2

Related forms

de·grad·ing·ly, adverbde·grad·ing·ness, nounnon·de·grad·ing, adjectiveun·de·grad·ing, adjective

Definition for degrading (2 of 2)

degrade

[ dih-greyd or for 3, dee-greyd ]
/ dɪˈgreɪd or for 3, diˈgreɪd /

verb (used with object), de·grad·ed, de·grad·ing.

verb (used without object), de·grad·ed, de·grad·ing.

to become degraded; weaken or worsen; deteriorate.
Chemistry. (especially of an organic hydrocarbon compound) to break down or decompose.

Origin of degrade

1275–1325; Middle English degraden < Late Latin dēgradāre, equivalent to Latin dē- de- + grad(us) grade + -āre infinitive suffix

Related forms

de·grad·er, noun

Synonym study

1. See humble.
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British Dictionary definitions for degrading (1 of 2)

degrading

/ (dɪˈɡreɪdɪŋ) /

adjective

causing humiliation; debasing

Derived Forms

degradingly, adverbdegradingness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for degrading (2 of 2)

degrade

/ (dɪˈɡreɪd) /

verb

(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

Derived Forms

degrader, noun

Word Origin for degrade

C14: from Late Latin dēgradāre, from Latin de- + gradus rank, degree
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