Definition of degradation
1 : the act or process of degrading environmental degradation the gradual degradation of organic matter … nothing infuriates the female students more than the degradation of women that is associated with male sports … — Scott Stossel suffer the degradations of poverty and abuse
2a : decline to a low, destitute, or demoralized state shocked by the hopeless degradation of the “poor whites” — Edith Wharton Some houses are found spotless, others in a wretched degradation … — Paul Reyesb : moral or intellectual decadence : degeneration educated him in the bestiality and degradation that war brings — Drew Middleton
degradativeplay \ˈde-grə-ˌdā-tiv\ adjective
Examples of degradation in a sentence
English teachers bemoaning the degradation of the language that e-mail and instant messaging have allegedly brought about.
the belief that moral degradation is an unmistakable sign of a nation in decline
Origin and Etymology of degradation
First Known Use: circa 1535
DEGRADATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of degradation for English Language Learners
: the act or process of damaging or ruining something
: the act of treating someone or something poorly and without respect
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