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Pronunciation:  `degru'deyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  changing to a lower state (a less respected state)
  2. [n]  a low or downcast state; "each confession brought her into an attitude of abasement"- H.L.Menchken

DEGRADATION is a 11 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: abasement, abjection, debasement
 See Also: abasement, animalisation, animalization, barbarisation, barbarization, bastardisation, bastardization, brutalisation, brutalization, change of state, constipation, corruption, deadening, decadence, decadency, degeneracy, degeneration, dehumanisation, dehumanization, demoralisation, demoralization, depth, humiliation, humiliation, impairment, popularisation, popularization, profanation, stultification, subversion, vulgarisation, vulgarization



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Deg`ra*da"tion\, n. [LL. degradatio, from
degradare: cf. F. d['e]gradation. See {Degrade}.]
1. 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.

         He saw many removes and degradations in all the
         other offices of which he had been possessed.

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

         The . . . degradation of a needy man of letters.

         Deplorable is the degradation of our nature.

         Moments there frequently must be, when a sinner is
         sensible of the degradation of his state. --Blair.

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

         The development and degradation of the alphabetic
         forms can be traced.                  --I. Taylor

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

5. (Biol.) The state or condition of a species or group which
   exhibits degraded forms; degeneration.

         The degradation of the species man is observed in
         some of its varieties.                --Dana.

6. (Physiol.) Arrest of development, or degeneration of any
   organ, or of the body as a whole.

{Degradation of energy}, or {Dissipation of energy}
   (Physics), the transformation of energy into some form in
   which it is less available for doing work.

Syn: Abasement; debasement; reduction; decline.

Biology Dictionary
  1. The destruction of a molecule into its components. The breaking down of large molecules into smaller ones.
    1. Erosional removal of materials from one place to another. Degradation lowers the elevation of streambeds and flood plains. (Opposite of aggradation.)
    2. Downgrading of a streambed by scour.
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