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Definition of Degrade

Degrade

  1. To reduce from a higher to a lower rank or degree; to lower in rank; to deprive of office or dignity; to strip of honors; as, to degrade a nobleman, or a general officer.
  2. To reduce in estimation, character, or reputation; to lessen the value of; to lower the physical, moral, or intellectual character of; to debase; to bring shame or contempt upon; to disgrace; as, vice degrades a man.
  3. To reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and mountains; to wear down.
  4. To degenerate; to pass from a higher to a lower type of structure; as, a family of plants or animals degrades through this or that genus or group of genera.

Degrade Quotations

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
Frederick Douglass

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
Aristotle

The soul that is within me no man can degrade.
Frederick Douglass

The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded.
George Orwell

The foundation of empire is art and science. Remove them or degrade them, and the empire is no more. Empire follows art and not vice versa as Englishmen suppose.
William Blake
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Degrade Translations

degrade in Dutch is degraderen, verlagen
degrade in German is herabsetzen
degrade in Italian is degradare
degrade in Norwegian is degradere, fornedre

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