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 Reyes>b :  moral or intellectual decadence :  degeneration <educated him in the bestiality and degradation that war brings — Drew Middleton>

degradative

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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>

Origin and Etymology of degradation

see degrade


First Known Use: circa 1535


DEGRADATION Defined for English Language Learners

degradation

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

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

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