degradation

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noun deg·ra·da·tion \ˌde-grə-ˈdā-shən\

Definition of degradation

  1. 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

  2. 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

degradative

play \ˈde-grə-ˌdā-tiv\ adjective

Examples of degradation in a Sentence

  1. English teachers bemoaning the degradation of the language that e-mail and instant messaging have allegedly brought about.

  2. the belief that moral degradation is an unmistakable sign of a nation in decline

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Origin and Etymology of degradation

see degrade


DEGRADATION Defined for English Language Learners

degradation

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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


Medical Dictionary

degradation

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noun deg·ra·da·tion \ˌdeg-rə-ˈdā-shən\

Medical Definition of degradation

  1. :  change of a chemical compound to a less complex compound

degradative

\ˈdeg-rə-ˌdāt-iv\play adjective


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