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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Not everyone likes the idea of commercial activities at El Corazon, though they were included in the earliest plans for the property as a necessity to cover the costs of developing and maintaining the huge, environmentally degraded site. Phil Diehl,, "First hotel on track for city's park property," 16 Mar. 2018 And if the new regime inherits a nuclear programme, even a degraded one, any relief might prove short-lived. The Economist, "Breaking the nuclear deal ratchets up the conflict between Iran and America," 28 June 2019 Underwater gardens Our team created 48 concrete plots on the seafloor of the degraded reef, which served as the bases for experimental coral gardens. Cody Clements, The Conversation, "Biodiversity helps coral reefs thrive – and could be part of strategies to save them," 25 June 2019 Samples any older than that are probably too hopelessly degraded and contaminated to be meaningful. Quanta Magazine, "Ancient DNA Yields Snapshots of Vanished Ecosystems," 29 May 2019 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

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First Known Use of degraded

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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