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Meaning of DEGRADE

Pronunciation:  di'greyd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  lower the grade of something; reduce its worth
  2. [v]  reduce the level of land, as by erosion
  3. [v]  reduce in worth, character, etc.; disgrace; dishonour

DEGRADE is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: cheapen, demean, disgrace, put down
 Antonyms: aggrade
 See Also: abase, aggravate, chagrin, dehumanise, dehumanize, devaluate, devalue, exacerbate, exasperate, humble, humiliate, mortify, reduce, worsen



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*grade"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Degraded}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Degrading}.] [F. d['e]grader, LL. degradare, fr. L.
    de- + gradus step, degree. See {Grade}, and cf. {Degree}.]
    1. To reduce from a higher to a lower rank or degree; to
       lower in rank; to deprive of office or dignity; to strip
       of honors; as, to degrade a nobleman, or a general
             Prynne was sentenced by the Star Chamber Court to be
             degraded from the bar.                --Palfrey.
    2. To reduce in estimation, character, or reputation; to
       lessen the value of; to lower the physical, moral, or
       intellectual character of; to debase; to bring shame or
       contempt upon; to disgrace; as, vice degrades a man.
             O miserable mankind, to what fall Degraded, to what
             wretched state reserved!              --Milton.
             Yet time ennobles or degrades each line. --Pope.
             Her pride . . . struggled hard against this
             degrading passion.                    --Macaulay.
    3. (Geol.) To reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and
       mountains; to wear down.
    Syn: To abase; demean; lower; reduce. See {Abase}.
  2. \De*grade"\, v. i. (Biol.)
    To degenerate; to pass from a higher to a lower type of
    structure; as, a family of plants or animals degrades through
    this or that genus or group of genera.
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