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
Recent Examples of degradation from the Web
Degradation of oaks, considered a keystone species, is the top priority of the state's forestry action plan.
The director, Cate Shortland, making her third feature, depicts both the degradations endured by Clare and the peculiar psychological ins and outs of the captor-captive dynamic in explicit, sometimes excruciating detail.
Every five years or so, each film needs to be copied to new media, in a constant race against magnetic-tape degradation and drive obsolescence.
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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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