Definition of Degradation

1. Noun. Changing to a lower state (a less respected state).

2. Noun. A low or downcast state. "Each confession brought her into an attitude of abasement"
Exact synonyms: Abasement, Abjection
Generic synonyms: Humiliation
Specialized synonyms: Decadence, Decadency, Degeneracy, Degeneration, Depth
Derivative terms: Degrade, Degrade

Definition of Degradation

1. n. The act of reducing in rank, character, or reputation, or of abasing; a lowering from one's standing or rank in office or society; diminution; as, the degradation of a peer, a knight, a general, or a bishop.

Definition of Degradation

1. Noun. The act of reducing in rank, character, or reputation, or of abasing; a lowering from one's standing or rank in office or society; diminution; as, the degradation of a peer, a knight, a general, or a bishop. ¹

2. Noun. The state of being reduced in rank, character, or reputation; baseness; moral, physical, or intellectual degeneracy; disgrace; abasement; debasement. ¹

3. Noun. Diminution or reduction of strength, efficacy, or value; degeneration; deterioration. ¹

4. Noun. A gradual wearing down or wasting, as of rocks and banks, by the action of water, frost etc. ¹

5. Noun. A deleterious change in the chemical structure, physical properties or appearance of a material from natural or artificial exposure. ¹

6. Noun. The state or condition of a species or group which exhibits degraded forms; degeneration. ¹

7. Noun. Arrest of development, or degeneration of any organ, or of the body as a whole. ¹

8. Noun. The gradual breakdown of components of a material, as a result of a natural element, i.e.: heat, cold and wind. ¹

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Definition of Degradation

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Medical Definition of Degradation

1. The reduction of a chemical compound to one less complex, as by splitting off one or more groups. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Degradation

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Literary usage of Degradation

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1. Principles of Political Economy and Taxation by David Ricardo (1903)
""But that degradation in the value of silver, which being the effect either ... I have elsewhere' attempted to show that a partial degradation in the value ..."

2. The Social Welfare Forum: Official Proceedings [of The] Annual Meeting by Conference of Charities and Correction (U.S.), National Conference on Social Welfare, American Social Science Association, National Conference of Social Work (U.S.) (1888)
"I propose to trace the history of similar degradation in man. It is. no pleasant study, but it may be relied upon as fact. It is no isolated case. ..."

3. A Short History of Italy (476-1900): (476-1900) by Henry Dwight Sedgwick (1905)
"To illustrate that degradation one episode will suffice; but there must first be a word of prologue. The Papacy, as has been said, occupied an anomalous ..."

4. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1905)
"The Pari of Superiority and degradation in the Comic Impression. Thirty-seven of the reagents have a feeling of superiority in connection with the Kemble ..."

5. History of Spanish Literature by George Ticknor (1863)
"Excellent, but very sad remarks, by Count Cabarrus, the wise minister of Charles III., on the degradation of the Spanish monarchy at this period, ..."

6. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: With Strictures on Political and Moral by Mary Wollstonecraft (1891)
"OBSERVATIONS ON THE STATE OF degradation TO WHICH WOMAN IS REDUCED BY VARIOUS CAUSES. THAT woman is naturally weak, or degraded by a concurrence of ..."

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