the act of degrading.
the state of being degraded.
Physical Geography. the wearing down of the land by the erosive action of water, wind, or ice.
Chemistry. the breakdown of an organic compound.

1525–35; < Late Latin dēgradātiōn- (stem of dēgradātiō), equivalent to dēgradāt(us) (past participle of dēgradāre to degrade) + -iōn- -ion

degradational, adjective
degradative, adjective
antidegradation, adjective
nondegradation, noun
self-degradation, noun

2. humiliation, disgrace, dishonor, debasement. Unabridged
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degradation (ˌdɛɡrəˈdeɪʃən)
1.  the act of degrading or the state of being degraded
2.  a state of degeneration, squalor, or poverty
3.  some act, constraint, etc, that is degrading
4.  the wearing down of the surface of rocks, cliffs, etc, by erosion, weathering, or some other process
5.  chem a breakdown of a molecule into atoms or smaller molecules
6.  physics an irreversible process in which the energy available to do work is decreased
7.  RC Church the permanent unfrocking of a priest

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1530s, from Fr. dégradation (14c.), from M.L. degradationem, noun of action from degradare (see degrade).
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degradation deg·ra·da·tion (děg'rə-dā'shən)
Progressive decomposition of a chemical compound into a less complex compound.

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