[ dih-grey-ding ]
/ dɪˈgreɪ dɪŋ /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for degradingly

  • How worse than empty are all our pratings about divine fatherhood if we illustrate its meaning only degradingly or misleadingly!

  • It was so easy, so degradingly easy, to pull the strings of the poor old puppet in any way I pleased!

    Armadale|Wilkie Collins
  • Yet why should any one think that he is unworthily or degradingly employed.

  • The tar-house is clearly known from a use to which it was degradingly put in latter days.

British Dictionary definitions for degradingly


/ (dɪˈɡreɪdɪŋ) /


causing humiliation; debasing

Derived Forms

degradingly, adverbdegradingness, noun
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