degrading

adjective
de·​grad·​ing | \ di-ˈgrā-diŋ How to pronounce degrading (audio) , dē- \

Definition of degrading

: causing or associated with a low, destitute, or demoralized state : causing someone to be or feel degraded a degrading experience … a work about a young man full of bottled rage looking for a degrading job …— Penelope Gilliatt … any cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment of detainees was absolutely forbidden …— David Cole

Other Words from degrading

degradingly \ di-​ˈgrā-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce degrading (audio) , dē-​ \ adverb
"I hate to be poor, and we are degradingly poor, offensively poor, miserably poor, beastly poor." — Charles Dickens When employees are treated degradingly by their manager, they respond with decreased motivation, commitment, loyalty, and productivity. — Ken Lloyd

First Known Use of degrading

circa 1540, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of degrading was circa 1540

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“Degrading.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/degrading. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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