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degraded

[dih-grey-did] /dɪˈgreɪ dɪd/
adjective
1.
reduced in rank, position, reputation, etc.:
He felt degraded by the trivial tasks assigned to him.
2.
reduced in quality or value; debased; vulgarized:
the degraded level of the modern novel.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see degrade, -ed2
Related forms
degradedly, adverb
degradedness, noun
undegraded, adjective

degrade

[dih-greyd or for 3, dee-greyd] /dɪˈgreɪd or for 3, diˈgreɪd/
verb (used with object), degraded, degrading.
1.
to lower in dignity or estimation; bring into contempt:
He felt they were degrading him by making him report to the supervisor.
2.
to lower in character or quality; debase.
3.
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.
4.
to reduce in amount, strength, intensity, etc.
5.
Physical Geography. to wear down by erosion, as hills.
Compare aggrade.
6.
Chemistry. to break down (a compound, especially an organic hydrocarbon).
verb (used without object), degraded, degrading.
7.
to become degraded; weaken or worsen; deteriorate.
8.
Chemistry. (especially of an organic hydrocarbon compound) to break down or decompose.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English degraden < Late Latin dēgradāre, equivalent to Latin dē- de- + grad(us) grade + -āre infinitive suffix
Related forms
degrader, noun
Synonyms
1. disgrace, dishonor, discredit. See humble. 2. abase, vitiate. 3. demote, depose, downgrade, lower, cashier, break.
Antonyms
1, 2. exalt. 3. promote.
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  • The mentality of consumerism has degraded our grading standards.
  • The primary races have left us with a degraded political discourse.
  • He did not live to see human beings degraded to the status and condition of vermin eradicated by an insecticidal gas.
  • Either that, or she degraded oratory down to the level of poetry.
  • It is not merely that these people are degraded but that with such people not enough can happen.
  • Such attractions as these had definitely degraded the scope and province of the theatre.
  • The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.
  • The world is wearied of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.
  • Despising ambition as he did, he was not sorry to see it unmasked by such practices and degraded in his sight.
  • Such was my plan: but when you began, you spoilt and degraded it all.
British Dictionary definitions for degraded

degrade

/dɪˈɡreɪd/
verb
1.
(transitive) to reduce in worth, character, etc; disgrace; dishonour
2.
(transitive) (diːˈɡreɪd). to reduce in rank, status, or degree; remove from office; demote
3.
(transitive) to reduce in strength, quality, intensity, etc
4.
to reduce or be reduced by erosion or down-cutting, as a land surface or bed of a river Compare aggrade
5.
(chem) to decompose or be decomposed into atoms or smaller molecules
Derived Forms
degrader, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin dēgradāre, from Latin de- + gradus rank, degree
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Word Origin and History for degraded

degrade

v.

late 14c., from Old French degrader (12c.) "degrade, deprive (of office, rank, etc.)," from des- "down" (see dis-) + Latin gradus "step" (see grade (n.)). Related: Degraded; degrading.

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