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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The more degraded actual life becomes on earth, the more fervently conservatives will fight to protect potential life in utero. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 16 July 2022 The rainforest would be converted into degraded open savanna, endangering biodiversity, shifting regional weather patterns and accelerating climate change. Gabriela Sá Pessoa And Kasha Patel, Anchorage Daily News, 8 July 2022 There have been a lot of reports of misdirected amplexus in super-degraded habitats, and many of them have occurred in recent years. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 17 May 2022 Once upon a planet Bunding, an ancient and low-tech building technique, is having a profound impact on degraded land in two disparate places. Katie Hunt, CNN, 23 July 2022 Its residents face high poverty rates and a largely degraded environment, owing to hundreds of spills every year. Krystina Shveda, CNN, 25 May 2022 Community members began by restoring soil with the Gregg’s pine – one of the few trees capable of growing in such a degraded environment – and then added native species like the smooth-bark Mexican pine. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Apr. 2022 But, even in this degraded environment, a bit of meaning and history can break through occasionally. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 These drones are small surveillance UAVs that operate in high-threat, GPS degraded environments. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of degraded

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Degraded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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