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Definitions of degrade

  1. lower the grade of something; reduce its worth Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. reduce in worth, character, etc.; disgrace; dishonour Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. reduce the level of land, as by erosion Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. reduce in worth or character, usually verbally; "She tends to put down younger women colleagues"; "His critics took him down after the lecture" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. To reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and mountains; to wear down. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. To deprive of, or lower in, office or rank; disgrace. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. 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.
  12. To decline in character, reputation, or standing; degenerate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. de-gr[=a]d', v.t. to lower in grade or rank: to deprive of office or dignity: to lower in character, value, or position: to disgrace.--n. DEGRAD[=A]'TION, disgrace: degeneration: abortive structural development: a lowering in dignity.--p.adjs. DEGRAD'ED, reduced in rank: base: low: (her.) placed on steps; DEGRAD'ING, debasing: disgraceful. [Fr. dégrader--L. de, down, and gradus, a step. See GRADE.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  16. v.t. & i. reduce to lower rank; depose as punishment; lower in estimation, debase morally, whence degrading a.; reduce (Biol.) to lower organic type, (Physics) to less convertible form (energy), (Geol.) to disintegration (rocks &c.); degenerate; (Camb. Univ.) put off entering for honours examination for a year beyond regular time. So degradation n. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  17. (Her.) To terminate in steps. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  18. [L.L., to make to step down.] In the University of Cambridge, to put off competition in an examination for a degree with honours for a year or more, on some plea to be approved by the authorities. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy

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