degrading

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj degrading used of conduct; characterized by dishonor
    • adj degrading harmful to the mind or morals "corrupt judges and their corrupting influence","the vicious and degrading cult of violence"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Canada declared national beauty contests canceled as of 1992, claiming they were degrading to women.
    • degrading Dishonoring; debasing; disgraceful: as, degrading obsequiousness.
    • degrading Lowering; bringing to a lower level; wearing down.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Degrading debasing: disgraceful
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Quotations

  • Alice James
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    “I suppose one has a greater sense of intellectual degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience.”
  • Booker T. Washington
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    “I will not permit any man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.”
  • Simone Weil
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    “A hurtful act is the transference to others of the degradation which we bear in ourselves.”
  • Simone Weil
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    “Whatever debases the intelligence degrades the entire human being.”
  • Marquis De Sade
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    “The horror of wedlock, the most appalling, the most loathsome of all the bonds humankind has devised for its own discomfort and degradation.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “The mass never comes up to the standard of its best member, but on the contrary degrades itself to a level with the lowest.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. dégrader—L. de, down, and gradus, a step. See Grade.

Usage

In literature:

ROMAN University, the, degraded condition of, in the sixteenth century, i.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
Did the persons in question imagine themselves in a state of degradation?
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
One degrades, the other exalts.
"Sermons Preached at Brighton" by Frederick W. Robertson
Among others, it has been degraded into superstition by the same cause.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
There is no spirit in a prison but hate, hate masked in degrading formalism.
"Oscar Wilde, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Frank Harris
The accompanying sense of his degradation became intenser and more definite also.
"Is Life Worth Living?" by William Hurrell Mallock
The Moslem idea of woman is vile and degraded.
"The Women of the Arabs" by Henry Harris Jessup
Some would have them grow up without knowing what they count as the degradation of toil.
"Religious Education in the Family" by Henry F. Cope
Degraded as it was, it saved him from deeper degradation.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
It became degrading to me either to take them from the rich or to give them to the poor.
"From the Bottom Up" by Alexander Irvine
Who dares say that I shall degrade him?
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
Continue if you can to enchain, class, keep in bondage, degrade the people, I am engaged in the emancipation of souls.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
Pride contributed to hold him from the degradation of a renegade and apostate priest.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
The sale of votes is as bad as the sale of woman's virtue, and both have an automatic tendency to degrade the population.
"The Evolution of the Country Community" by Warren H. Wilson
All masterhood implies the degradation of the mastered.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
We'll get him cashiered out of our brave army, degraded and ruined.
"Regina or the Sins of the Fathers" by Hermann Sudermann
The sense of degradation that filled my soul cannot be described.
"What a Young Husband Ought to Know" by Sylvanus Stall
Moreover, the vice which had mastered him had not degraded him in the eyes of men.
"The Man Who Rose Again" by Joseph Hocking
It degrades those who exercise it, and degrades those over whom it is exercised.
"Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man" by Oscar Wilde
For the latter he should be punished not as a man, but as an officer, and punished only by degradation from his office.
"The Journal of the Debates in the Convention which framed the Constitution of the United States, Volume II (of 2)" by James Madison
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In poetry:

In his efforts to leave degradation,
He was cramped, doomed in a cell;
Dishearten'd, discontent'd, discourag'd,
By a prejudice born in hell.
"Ajax at the Centennial. 1897" by Frank Barbour Coffin
What though the bright angelic forms
Degraded were to crawling worms?
These creatures were but creatures still,
Transform'd at their Creator's will.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. I." by Ralph Erskine
Back to your dens, ye secret traitors!
Down to your own degraded spheres!
Ere the first blaze of dazzling sunshine
Shortens your lives a thousand years.
"Song of a Thousand Years" by Henry Clay Work
ALTHO' to man's aspiring pride,
It may appear degrading;
Yet look on all the world around,
And say what pleasure may be found,
What joy that is not fading.
"On The Fading Enjoyments Of Time" by Elizabeth Bath
In one great now, superior to an age,
The full extremes of nature's force we find:
How heavenly virtue can exalt, or rage
Infernal how degrade the human mind.
"To Mr. Harley - Wounded" by Matthew Prior
Yet think not that his transient joys,
To man are so degrading;
They only serve our faith to prove,
Since heaven reserves in realms above,
Pure joys that are not fading.
"On The Fading Enjoyments Of Time" by Elizabeth Bath

In news:

US uses bin Laden letters to degrade al-Qaida.
Weather, lack of funding degrade nearly half of Nashville roads to 'substandard' condition.
Passenger jet service would degrade our quality of life.
NAFI Says Proposed ATP Requirement May Degrade Airline Safety.
Will UV Degrade Exposed PVC Plumbing.
Rifle water source degraded by drilling, livestock, logging.
Prosecutors accuse general of ' degrading ' sexual misconduct as trial draws to close.
Twitter's Crackdown On Third-Party Developers Is Degrading Its User Experience.
"Putting this in the simplest way possible, we're trying to engineer bacteria that can degrade plastic in a way that the bacteria can then use the product as a food source to live," said team captain Nick Csicsery, a senior at UC Davis.
Some called them degraded films in degraded environments.
The Garroutte Pure Steam pasteurizer processes delicate or degradable items.
Weather, lack of funding degrade nearly half of Nashville roads to ' substandard ' condition.
I'd like to know at what time in my 32 years I degraded to the point that activities I found exhilerating as a child now make me feel as though I'm ready to be put out to pasture.
"If the rumen degradable starch test comes back high, this means the cow can access more energy from the feedstuffs," says Leahy.
The utility shut down Unit 2 on Oct 7 after the operators discovered a seal on a reactor coolant pump was degrading.
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In science:

This problem is closely related to the previous one, although the point of interest moves to degradation of dynamical properties of the implemented chaotic system with respect to the theoretical model.
Some hints for the design of digital chaos-based cryptosystems: lessons learned from cryptanalysis
In (Alvarez and Li, 2006) some consequences of the dynamical degradation of a chaotic map are shown in the context of cryptography, whereas in (Li et al., 2005) one can find a thorough analysis of the dynamical degradation of a specific chaotic map and some ways to overcome this problem.
Some hints for the design of digital chaos-based cryptosystems: lessons learned from cryptanalysis
On the dynamical degradation of digital piecewise linear chaotic maps.
Some hints for the design of digital chaos-based cryptosystems: lessons learned from cryptanalysis
This corresponds to a loss of primary statistics and hence to a degradation of the signal.
First Results from New High Magnetic Field Measurements with the MediTPC Prototype
This will lead us to the consideration of stochastic resonance (SR), the counterintuitive phenomenon by which an appropriate dose of noise, instead of degradation, produces an enhancement of sensitivity of a nonlinear system to external forcing .
Nucleation of breathers via stochastic resonance in nonlinear lattices
In practice, the error recovery capability of this technique degrades with the increase of the block and/or burst size due to the accumulation of round-off errors.
A Unified Approach to Sparse Signal Processing
This estimation technique is highly robust in rapidly changing channels and shows only minor performance degradation as the Doppler frequency increases as shown in Fig. 40.
A Unified Approach to Sparse Signal Processing
The degraders were designed such that incident kaons stopped within the fiducial volume of the scintillating fiber target.
Study of the decay K+ => pi+,nu,nubar in the momentum region 140
Since under certain conditions the resolution on tK or tπ was degraded, the degraded time resolution was taken into account by increasing the minimum delayed coincidence allowed.
Study of the decay K+ => pi+,nu,nubar in the momentum region 140
In order to measure the instrumental polarization due to the two fused silica lenses and to check for degradation of the theta cell, also a rotatable polarizer can be inserted before the ob jective lens at position a.
The Prototype of the Small Synoptic Second Solar Spectrum Telescope (S5T)
The agreement is very good in a cone around the forward direction and degrades as the scattering angle approaches grazing angles.
Nonparametric estimation of the heterogeneity of a random medium using Compound Poisson Process modeling of wave multiple scattering
The agreement is very good in a cone around the forward direction and degrades as the scattering angle approaches grazing angles.
Nonparametric estimation of the heterogeneity of a random medium using Compound Poisson Process modeling of wave multiple scattering
The reduced number of stars will generically degrade the Stellar Locus Regression errors.
Stellar Locus Regression: Accurate Color Calibration, and the Real-time Determination of Galaxy Cluster Photometric Redshifts
Even with the added noise and degraded spectral resolution, we were still able to identify the same number of outflows using our standard linewidth criterion of 1.5 K at ±3 km s−1 .
Star formation in Perseus - V. Outflows detected by HARP
As for the criticality, however, the result shows nothing special about the n = 0 Landau level, but this is obtained for a model of the Dirac fermions for which the randomness is introduced as a scalar random potential, so the chiral symmetry is degraded.
Quantum Hall plateau transition in graphene with spatially correlated random hopping
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