Degradation

[d_ɪ_ɡ_ɹ_ɐ_d_ˈeɪ_ʃ_ə_n], [dɪɡɹɐdˈe͡ɪʃən], [dɪɡɹɐdˈe‍ɪʃən]

Definitions of degradation:

  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.
  2.   The act of degrading; the state of being degraded; diminution or reduction of strength, excellence, or value; degeneration; a lessening and obscuring of the appearance of distant objects in a landscape; the wearing away of rocks, beaches, & c.; the action of water and other causes.
  3.   a low or downcast state; " each confession brought her into an attitude of abasement"- H. L. Menchken
  4.   changing to a lower state ( a less respected state)
  5.   The state or condition of a species or group which exhibits degraded forms; degeneration.
  6.   Arrest of development, or degeneration of any organ, or of the body as a whole.
  7.   Degradingly.
  8.   The state of being reduced in rank, character, or reputation; baseness; moral, physical, or intellectual degeneracy; disgrace; abasement; debasement.
  9.   A gradual wearing down or wasting, as of rocks and banks, by the action of water, frost etc.
  10.   The act of lowering, or of being lowered, in rank, morals, etc.; disgrace.
  11.   A reducing in rank; a depriving of office or situation; baseness; in geol., a wasting or wearing down.
  12.   The act of degrading, or the state of being degraded.
  13.   Diminution or reduction of strength, efficacy, or value; degeneration; deterioration.
  14.   Act of degrading; state of being degraded; debasement; geol., a wearing away.

Antonyms for degradation:

class, honor, enhancement, advancement, honesty, expansion, revitalization, restoration, rightness, propriety, flowering, preference, boost, righteousness, supplement, morality, elevation, addendum, elaboration, accretion, upgrading, virtuousness, probity, increase, rectitude, gain, renewal, upswing, raise, promotion, ascent, integrity, blossoming, decency, upgrade, progression, augmentation, form, creation, goodness, accrual, fashion, rise, increment, virtue, state, heightening, preferment, decorum, addition, character, growth, flourishing, progress, development, evolution, dignity.


Quotes for degradation:

  1. Well, for starters, we have to do more to create demand for new technologies that can reduce our dependence on foreign oil and environmental degradation – Sherwood Boehlert
  2. Environmental degradation overpopulation, refugees, narcotics, terrorism, world crime movements, and organized crime are worldwide problems that don't stop at a nation's borders. – Warren Christopher
  3. I believe we need to attract a new generation of the best and brightest to public service and I believe that government can be a source of inspiration, not degradation – Andrew Cuomo
  4. No one can live under degradation – Walid Jumblatt
  5. And we need to maintain our foothold in the fight against terrorism and terrorist groups and respond to any degradation of Iraqi security or stability. – Rick Larsen
  6. So long as the system of competition in the production and exchange of the means of life goes on, the degradation of the arts will go on; and if that system is to last for ever, then art is doomed, and will surely die; that is to say, civilization will die. – William Morris
  7. The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation because in the degradation of woman the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source. – Lucretia Mott
  8. Unless we practice conservation, those who come after us will have to pay the price of misery, degradation and failure for the progress and prosperity of our day. – Gifford Pinchot
  9. I think I would much rather push the boundaries of the degradation that the characters face. – Dave Rowntree
  10. We found nothing grand in the history of the Jews nor in the morals inculcated in the Pentateuch. I know of no other books that so fully teach the subjection and degradation of woman. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  11. The audience too should be respected by being presented with a film as they remember it, and for those who have not seen it, as it was intended to be seen. Anything less is a degradation of the film and its audience. – George Stevens
  12. A hurtful act is the transference to others of the degradation which we bear in ourselves. – Simone Weil

Usage examples for degradation:

  1. Had she opened her heart to her sister, her brother, or Rosalind, her sufferings would probably have soon ceased; but from this she shrank as from degradation unbearable. ” – The Vicar of Wrexhill by Mrs [Frances] Trollope
  2. What was deepest degradation is to him supreme honour. ” – Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V) by Alexander Maclaren
  3. “ " Save Smith from further degradation she said, her breath coming sharply. ” – The Mormon Prophet by Lily Dougall
  4. “ Is that a degradation – History of the Thirty-Ninth Congress of the United States by Wiliam H. Barnes
  5. On every side wherever she moved she saw only misery and degradation and yet she did not fall. ” – Words of Cheer for the Tempted, the Toiling, and the Sorrowing by T. S. Arthur
  6. “ A still further degradation was witnessed in the later days of the Republic and under the Empire in the rise of the 'Mimus, ' as a recognised branch of dramatic literature. ” – The Roman Poets of the Republic by W. Y. Sellar
  7. “ Shakespeare does not do this; he allows the love of Antony to count with her, but it is imperious pride and hatred of degradation that compel his Cleopatra to embrace the Arch- fear. ” – The Man Shakespeare by Frank Harris
  8. Neither do we go abroad among savage nations, to inquire whether the impression of them be universal; for this may be obscured in communities, as it is in individuals, by a course of moral degradation – The Philosophy of the Moral Feelings by John Abercrombie
  9. It strongly protested against such waste and degradation of the scenery as have been described in this chapter; it set forth the dangers of ultimate destruction, and made an eloquent appeal in favour of State action to preserve this natural treasure. ” – The Niagara River by Archer Butler Hulbert
  10. But, on closer inspection, the degradation of the one is seen to be so thorough, that the other may claim, by contrast, something like primitive simplicity. ” – A Narrative of Captivity in Abyssinia With Some Account of the Late Emperor Theodore, His Country and People by Henry Blanc
  11. Too long has it been true, in the degradation of woman, that the " flower of Lebanon languisheth." ” – The Women of the Arabs by Henry Harris Jessup
  12. Each moment a fresh point of degradation met his benumbed vision. ” – Kai Lung's Golden Hours by Ernest Bramah Commentator: Hilaire Belloc
  13. Stella had already begun the process of self- degradation by writing secretly to Winterfield. ” – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
  14. It was a sad sight to see these men advancing from the ranks one by one, and casting in the flames what they valued more than their lives, and I have never seen dejection more profound, or shame more keenly felt; for this seemed much like a general degradation to the brave soldiers of the battle of La Moskwa. ” – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  15. The lowest in moral degradation is an European defending slavery here or in Europe. ” – Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862 by Adam Gurowski
  16. Still, the character of his life had once more suffered a degradation and he possessed no friends who could be of the least use to him. ” – The Nether World by George Gissing
  17. The whole attempt, it will be seen, with everything in its favour, had exhibited the normal course of degradation – Some Principles of Maritime Strategy by Julian Stafford Corbett
  18. The last of them died in pitiful degradation within five years of their first experiment. ” – Heart and Soul by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
  19. We find the first step of the degradation when men do not drink when their work is done, but drink in order to do their work. ” – Gilbert Keith Chesterton by Maisie Ward
  20. At Cork, several of the Home Rule members urged the people to resent the visit of the Royal party as a degradation to their city. ” – Speeches and Addresses of H. R. H. the Prince of Wales: 1863-1888 by Edward VII

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