degrading

[dih-grey-ding]

Origin:
1675–85; degrade + -ing2

degradingly, adverb
degradingness, noun
nondegrading, adjective
undegrading, adjective
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degrade

[dih-greyd or for 3, dee-greyd]
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

degrader, noun


1. disgrace, dishonor, discredit. See humble. 2. abase, vitiate. 3. demote, depose, downgrade, lower, cashier, break.


1, 2. exalt. 3. promote.
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degrade (dɪˈɡreɪd)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to reduce in worth, character, etc; disgrace; dishonour
2.  (tr) to reduce in rank, status, or degree; remove from office; demote
3.  (tr) to reduce in strength, quality, intensity, etc
4.  Compare aggrade to reduce or be reduced by erosion or down-cutting, as a land surface or bed of a river
5.  chem to decompose or be decomposed into atoms or smaller molecules
 
[C14: from Late Latin dēgradāre, from Latin de- + gradus rank, degree]
 
de'grader
 
n

degrading (dɪˈɡreɪdɪŋ)
 
adj
causing humiliation; debasing
 
de'gradingly
 
adv
 
de'gradingness
 
n

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degrade
early 14c., from O.Fr. degrader (12c.), from des- "down" + L. gradus "step" (see grade).
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Example sentences
Some say such events are degrading and anachronistic.
If he were belittling students through use of degrading epithets, that would be
  a different story.
First, hunters tend to prize taking out the largest and healthiest animals,
  thus degrading the genetic stock of their quarry.
Tourism can contribute to preserving your locale-or to degrading it.
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