degraded

adjective de·grad·ed \ -ˈgrā-dəd \

Definition of degraded

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

degradedly

adverb

Examples of degraded in a Sentence

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

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