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1. Reduced in rank, dignity, or esteem.
2. Having been corrupted or depraved.
3. Having been reduced in quality or value.

de·grad′ed·ly adv.
de·grad′ed·ness n.
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(dɪˈgreɪ dɪd)

reduced in quality or value; debased; vulgarized.
de•grad′ed•ly, adv.
de•grad′ed•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.degraded - unrestrained by convention or morality; "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"; "deplorably dissipated and degraded"; "riotous living"; "fast women"
immoral - deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong
2.degraded - lowered in value; "the dollar is low"; "a debased currency"
low - less than normal in degree or intensity or amount; "low prices"; "the reservoir is low"
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1. humiliated, embarrassed, shamed, mortified, debased, discomfited, abased I felt cheap and degraded by his actions.
2. corrupt, low, base, abandoned, vicious, vile, sordid, decadent, despicable, depraved, debased, profligate, disreputable, debauched, dissolute, scungy (Austral. & N.Z.) morally degraded individuals
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References in classic literature ?
Indeed when their bases are of the most degraded type (not more than the eighth part of an inch in size), they can hardly be distinguished from Straight Lines or Women; so extremely pointed are their vertices.
Douglass, that you have been degraded in this manner," Mr.
Perhaps it will be found that just in proportion as some have been placed in outward circumstances above the savage, others have been degraded below him.
They have been cruel, every one; they have worked me night and day in degraded employments, and beaten me; they have fed me ill, and some days not at all.
They stand on the mud of pavements, these degraded sea-dogs, with long lines of railway-trucks clanking their couplings behind their backs, and run malevolent glances over your ship from headgear to taffrail, only wishing to tyrannize over the poor creature under the hypocritical cloak of benevolence and care.
The loss of the crown jewels or the Great Seal of England could have brought no greater consternation to a British king than did the pilfering of the sacred knife bring to La, the Oparian, Queen and High Priestess of the degraded remnants of the oldest civilization upon earth.
Such was the fault found in Callippides, as also in others of our own day, who are censured for representing degraded women.
Am I sufficiently degraded to bring you to your senses?"
A last faithful impulse of loyalty toward the man to whom she had been betrothed impelled her to part them, before Horace had hopelessly degraded himself in her estimation by contrast with Julian.
'And you had better not tell; but you cannot deny that you have degraded yourself miserably.
The great numbers on their backs, as if they were street doors; their coarse mangy ungainly outer surface, as if they were lower animals; their ironed legs, apologetically garlanded with pocket-handkerchiefs; and the way in which all present looked at them and kept from them; made them (as Herbert had said) a most disagreeable and degraded spectacle.
The girl put the question to Usanga, who, degraded, cunning, and entirely unprincipled, was always perfectly willing to promise anything whether he had any intentions of fulfilling his promises or not, and so immediately assented to the proposition.