Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Reduced in rank, dignity, or esteem.
  • adj. Having been corrupted or depraved.
  • adj. Having been reduced in quality or value.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Feeling or having undergone degradation; deprived of dignity or self-respect.
  • adj. Having the typical characters or organs in a partially developed condition, or lacking certain parts.
  • adj. Having steps; said of a cross whose extremities end in steps growing larger as they leave the centre; on degrees.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of degrade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Reduced in rank, character, or reputation; debased; sunken; low; base.
  • adj. Having the typical characters or organs in a partially developed condition, or lacking certain parts.
  • adj. Having steps; -- said of a cross each of whose extremities finishes in steps growing larger as they leave the center; -- termed also on degrees.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Reduced in rank; deprived of an office or a dignity.
  • Lowered in character or value; debased; low.
  • In biology, reduced in taxonomic rank, or in complexity of structure or function; brought to or being in a state of degradation.
  • In heraldry, placed upon steps. Also degreed.
  • In geology, worn down; leveled by erosion.
  • In thermodynamics, reduced to a form less available for further transformation: said of energy which as the result of transformations has been converted into heat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. unrestrained by convention or morality
  • adj. lowered in value

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

See degrade and compare French degré step.

Examples

  • Does your head ache, or do you feel what I call degraded when someone in the office starts talking to you?

    Enemies or Teachers

  • I was sat down and what you call degraded, so to say, for no apparent reason.

    SFGate: Don Asmussen: Bad Reporter

  • It would be a shame if vidders and other cultural critics were forced to work in degraded images.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Yeah, John has definitely degraded from the second film, where he was the super-self-confident, Mr. Do-it-all kid.

    Quick Thoughts on The Sarah Connor Chronicles

  • Reading from a declassified portion of a report by the National Ground Intelligence Center, a Defense Department intelligence unit, Santorum said: Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent.

    June 2006

  • Sanct Orum sez: Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent.

    Think Progress » Santorum: We Found the WMD

  • June 21st, 2006 at 7: 42 pm unbelievable says: approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent

    Think Progress » Santorum: We Found the WMD

  • Unfortunately, the FERC continues to approve new dam construction in degraded river basins and appears poised to begin relicensing existing projects without due regard for river health or adequate protection and mitigation for fish and wildlife.

    Letters

  • So I was degraded from the honor row to the lowest row, and it was many a day before I forgave that young missionary; it was not enough for my vengeance that he suffered punishment with me.

    The Promised Land

  • I have reflected, and I feel that I cannot set to Lucretia -- set to children unborn -- the example of indifference to a name degraded and a race adulterated; you may call this pride or prejudice, -- I view it differently.

    Lucretia — Volume 01

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