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Definitions of degrade

  1. To reduce from a higher to a lower rank or degree; to lower in rank; to deprive of office or dignity; to strip of honors; as, to degrade a nobleman, or a general officer. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To reduce in estimation, character, or reputation; to lessen the value of; to lower the physical, moral, or intellectual character of; to debase; to bring shame or contempt upon; to disgrace; as, vice degrades a man. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To reduce in grade or rank; deprive of honors, office, or dignity; lower physically or morally. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To deprive of, or lower in, office or rank; disgrace. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To reduce in rank; debase in character or quality; make mean or contemptible. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. To degenerate; to pass from a higher to a lower type of structure; as, a family of plants or animals degrades through this or that genus or group of genera. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. reduce in worth, character, etc.; disgrace; dishonour Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. reduce the level of land, as by erosion Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. To decline in character, reputation, or standing; degenerate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. To reduce from a higher to a lower civil rank; to strip of office or honours, and so of civil rank; to disgrace; to lower in character and natural rank; to wear down. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. To reduce from a higher to a lower rank or degree; to deprive of rank or office; to lower; to disgrace. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for degrade

  1. Relying on Mr. Gladstone's well- known love of peace, they sought to degrade the British Government in the eyes of the Asiatic peoples. – The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.) by John Holland Rose
  2. Does it not condemn her to the block, does it not degrade and shame her if she refuses to buy her right to motherhood by selling herself? – Anarchism and Other Essays by Emma Goldman
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