degraded

adjective
de·​grad·​ed | \ di-ˈgrā-dəd How to pronounce degraded (audio) , dē-\

Definition of degraded

1 : reduced far below ordinary standards of civilized life and conduct
2 : characterized by degeneration of structure or function

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Other Words from degraded

degradedly adverb

Examples of degraded in a Sentence

many observers deplored the fact that the city's festivities for Mardi Gras had become a degraded, drunken celebration

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Others had been too badly degraded over the centuries to stand out in satellite photos. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Satellites watch over the graves of ancient steppe nomads," 26 Dec. 2018 Global financial institutions, including banks, funders, and foreign governments, need to do more to reduce deforestation, restore degraded land, and ensure the country does not get locked into decades of burning fossil fuels. Nithin Coca, Vox, "The most important country for the global climate no one is talking about," 6 Dec. 2018 The first is the reality-show novel, a degraded form of autofiction reduced to narcissistic testimonies that satisfy the voyeurism of readers and fill the pockets of publishers. Constance Grady, Vox, "Elite library sorters race to process books in cutthroat competition," 17 Nov. 2018 The degraded soundscape signals that the Reef could be attracting up to 40 percent fewer fish. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "'Cloud Brightening' Might Save the Great Barrier Reef," 16 July 2018 Their purpose is to help researchers test how best to alternate crops and livestock in order to turn degraded pastures into productive fields. The Economist, "Tough times for Embrapa, a jewel of Brazilian innovation," 28 June 2018 The Environment Nevada Research and Policy Center reports that 2.1 million people living in Las Vegas experienced degraded air quality for almost half of 2016, according to local NBC affiliate KSNV-TV. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Top Park Service official admits he acted inappropriately, but his job appears safe," 29 June 2018 In 2014, an interconnection dispute between several large broadband providers and Netflix and some of its network providers resulted in degraded Netflix streaming for many consumers. Klint Finley, WIRED, "California Net Neutrality Bill Was 'Hijacked,' Lawmaker Says," 20 June 2018 In degraded areas, where corals are few and far between, this becomes increasingly unlikely. Rebecca Albright, Scientific American, "Scientists Are Taking Extreme Steps to Help Corals Survive," 1 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of degraded

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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