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deg·ra·da·tion

 (dĕg′rə-dā′shən)
n.
1. The act or process of degrading.
2. The state of being degraded; degeneration.
3. A decline to a lower condition, quality, or level.
4. Geology A general lowering of the earth's surface by erosion or weathering.
5. Chemistry Decomposition of a compound, especially complex substances such as polymers and proteins, by stages, exhibiting well-defined intermediate products.

deg′ra·da′tive adj.

degradation

(ˌdɛɡrəˈdeɪʃən)
n
1. the act of degrading or the state of being degraded
2. (Social Welfare) a state of degeneration, squalor, or poverty
3. some act, constraint, etc, that is degrading
4. (Physical Geography) the wearing down of the surface of rocks, cliffs, etc, by erosion, weathering, or some other process
5. (Chemistry) chem a breakdown of a molecule into atoms or smaller molecules
6. (General Physics) physics an irreversible process in which the energy available to do work is decreased
7. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church the permanent unfrocking of a priest

deg•ra•da•tion

(ˌdɛg rɪˈdeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act of degrading.
2. the state of being degraded.
3. the wearing down of the land by the erosive action of water, wind, or ice.
4. the breakdown of an organic compound.
[1525–35; < Late Latin]
deg′ra•da`tive, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.degradation - changing to a lower state (a less respected state)
change of state - the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
dehumanisation, dehumanization - the act of degrading people with respect to their best qualities; "science has been blamed for the dehumanization of modern life"
animalisation, animalization, brutalisation, brutalization - an act that makes people cruel or lacking normal human qualities
barbarisation, barbarization - an act that makes people primitive and uncivilized
bastardisation, bastardization - an act that debases or corrupts
subversion, corruption - destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity; "corruption of a minor"; "the big city's subversion of rural innocence"
demoralization, demoralisation - destroying the moral basis for a doctrine or policy
deadening, constipation, stultification, impairment - the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
popularisation, popularization, vulgarisation, vulgarization - the act of making something attractive to the general public
profanation - degradation of something worthy of respect; cheapening
abasement, humiliation - depriving one of self-esteem
vulgarisation, vulgarization - the act of rendering something coarse and unrefined
2.degradation - a low or downcast statedegradation - a low or downcast state; "each confession brought her into an attitude of abasement"- H.L.Menchken
humiliation - state of disgrace or loss of self-respect
decadence, decadency, degeneracy, degeneration - the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities
depth - (usually plural) a low moral state; "he had sunk to the depths of addiction"

degradation

noun
1. disgrace, shame, humiliation, discredit, ignominy, dishonour, mortification scenes of misery and degradation
2. deterioration, decline, decadence, degeneration, perversion, degeneracy, debasement, abasement the progressive degradation of the state
3. (Technical) decay, deterioration, degeneration, atrophy, wasting away land degradation in arid zones

degradation

noun
1. The act or an instance of demoting:
2. A lowering in or deprivation of character or self-esteem:
Translations

degradation

[ˌdegrəˈdeɪʃən] Ndegradación f

degradation

[ˌdɛgrəˈdeɪʃən] n
(= terrible situation) → déchéance f
squalor and degradation → la misère et la déchéance
(= deterioration) [culture] → détérioration f
[land, environment] → dégradation f

degradation

nErniedrigung f; (Geol) → Erosion f; (Chem) → Abbau m; the appalling degradation of the jailsdie schrecklich entwürdigenden Zustände in den Gefängnissen

degradation

[ˌdɛgrəˈdeɪʃn] ndegradazione f

degradation

n degradación f
References in classic literature ?
It is good to wander along lines of sea-coast, when formed of moderately hard rocks, and mark the process of degradation.
No," said the Depth of Degradation, "they have already fallen to me.
On the surface the sense of his degradation was too strong.
As an example of motiveless degradation of character, we have Menelaus in the Orestes: of character indecorous and inappropriate, the lament of Odysseus in the Scylla, and the speech of Melanippe: of inconsistency, the Iphigenia at Aulis,--for Iphigenia the suppliant in no way resembles her later self.
Before an anchor can ever be raised, it must be let go; and this perfectly obvious truism brings me at once to the subject of the degradation of the sea language in the daily press of this country.
I am glad that it was given to me to be an instrument in the hands of Providence for the uplifting of benighted Europe, and the amelioration of the suffering, degradation, and abysmal ignorance in which I found her.
However great their intellectual degradation, the Eloi had kept too much of the human form not to claim my sympathy, and to make me perforce a sharer in their degradation and their Fear.
His days were filled with morbid self-pity, which eventually engendered in his weak and vacillating mind a hatred for those who had sent him here--for the very men he had at first inwardly thanked for saving him from the ignominy of degradation.
I profaned my remembrances of Mary in the company of women who had reached the lowest depths of degradation.
Prisons, banishment and degradation, honors and palaces and wonder-cities, are all incidental.
I feel as though the animal was surging up through them; that presently the degradation of the Islanders will be played over again on a larger scale.
His horror at the degradation he had suffered helped him.