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
Visitors had to be accompanied by official government guides, and sleep aboard boats to limit environmental degradation.
The oyster book was about the degradation of an urban environment.
The only honest prohibitionist counterargument is that decriminalization or legalization would impose still higher costs: for example, more addiction, more overdoses, or a degradation of culture.
And then there’s the air of degradation and moral downfall that hovers over the episode.
Sri Lanka has about 6,000 elephants, but those in the wild are threatened by habitat loss and degradation.
The Board of Supervisors now is considering reversing course and banning all commercial marijuana farms, complaining that the county’s cannabis business experiment is bringing in unwanted outsiders, rogue growers and environmental degradation.
Essentially, the magnetic layer responsible for recording and storing sound and images is losing its magnetic properties—resulting in the rapid degradation of your VHS tapes.
But with its capital often choked by smog and its people angry about the environmental degradation that rapid development has wrought across the country, Beijing has become a strong proponent of efforts to halt global warming.
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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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