Degradement

De`grade´ment


n.1.Deprivation of rank or office; degradation.
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In his youth Wash Williams had been called the best telegraph operator in the state, and in spite of his degradement to the obscure office at Winesburg, he was still proud of his ability.
I think we all recognise that Osama bin Laden's death was a significant event and a significant degradement in al-Qaeda's capabilities, but certainly not the end of those capabilities nor the end of terrorism writ large.