American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Reduced in rank, dignity, or esteem.
- adj. Having been corrupted or depraved.
- adj. Having been reduced in quality or value.
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.
- adj. Feeling or having undergone degradation; deprived of dignity or self-respect.
- adj. biology Having the typical characters or organs in a partially developed condition, or lacking certain parts.
- adj. heraldry 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Reduced in rank, character, or reputation; debased; sunken; low; base.
- adj. (Biol.) Having the typical characters or organs in a partially developed condition, or lacking certain parts.
- adj. (Her.) Having steps; -- said of a cross each of whose extremities finishes in steps growing larger as they leave the center; -- termed also
- adj. unrestrained by convention or morality
- adj. lowered in value
- See degrade and compare French degré step. (Wiktionary)
“Does your head ache, or do you feel what I call degraded when someone in the office starts talking to you?”
“I was sat down and what you call degraded, so to say, for no apparent reason.”
“It would be a shame if vidders and other cultural critics were forced to work in degraded images.”
“Yeah, John has definitely degraded from the second film, where he was the super-self-confident, Mr. Do-it-all kid.”
“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.”
“Sanct Orum sez: Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent.”
“June 21st, 2006 at 7: 42 pm unbelievable says: approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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