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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
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He would have me," she continued, her accents sinking under a deep consciousness of the degradation of the proposal, "follow him to the wilderness; go to the habitations of the Hurons; to remain there; in short, to become his wife
They cared nothing for her dignity, and just as little for her degradation.
And Jurgis was a man whose soul had been murdered, who had ceased to hope and to struggle--who had made terms with degradation and despair; and now, suddenly, in one awful convulsion, the black and hideous fact was made plain to him
When he came to himself, the fire was gone out, his clothes were wet with the chill and drenching dews; but the dread soul-crisis was past, and, in the joy that filled him, he no longer felt hunger, cold, degradation, disappointment, wretchedness.
I thought I had struck the deepest depths of degradation before, but oh, dear, it was nothing to this.
A degradation to illegitimacy and ignorance, to be married to a respectable, intelligent gentlemanfarmer
Poverty looks grim to grown people; still more so to children: they have not much idea of industrious, working, respectable poverty; they think of the word only as connected with ragged clothes, scanty food, fireless grates, rude manners, and debasing vices: poverty for me was synonymous with degradation.
Heathcliff bore his degradation pretty well at first, because Cathy taught him what she learnt, and worked or played with him in the fields.
What object was to be gained by braving that degradation -- by leaving the house publicly disgraced in the eyes of the servants who had hated and distrusted her from the first?
In my degradation I have not been so degraded but that the sight of you with your father, and of this home made such a home by you, has stirred old shadows that I thought had died out of me.
No change, no degradation, no perversion of humanity, in any grade, through all the mysteries of wonderful creation, has monsters half so horrible and dread.
All this time I was working at Murdstone and Grinby's in the same common way, and with the same common companions, and with the same sense of unmerited degradation as at first.