that degrades; debasing; humiliating: degrading submission.

Nearby words

  1. degradable,
  2. degradation,
  3. degradation of energy,
  4. degrade,
  5. degraded,
  6. degranulation,
  7. degrease,
  8. degree,
  9. degree day,
  10. degree of curve

Origin of degrading

First recorded in 1675–85; degrade + -ing2

Related formsde·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!

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  • 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



causing humiliation; debasing
Derived Formsdegradingly, adverbdegradingness, noun

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