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


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


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

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.

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