Definition of degradation in English:



mass noun
  • 1The condition or process of degrading or being degraded.

    ‘a trail of human misery and degradation’
    • ‘The predictable result was an accelerated degradation of the ecosystem.’
    • ‘This allows types of degradation process and proportions of degradation products to be determined.’
    • ‘Most of us are familiar with the Holocaust's unspeakable brutalities and degradations.’
    • ‘We all want to see recycling and an end to environmental degradation.’
    • ‘How long can we sustain the environmental and social degradation that consumer culture perpetuates?’
    • ‘Unprotected digital content can be repeatedly copied without suffering the degradation in quality that successive analogue recordings introduce.’
    • ‘A Director, on the other hand, is designed to minimize performance degradation at all times.’
    • ‘During the backup process the LAN experiences significant performance degradation.’
    • ‘Mass movements against the degradations of the free market have developed in every continent.’
    • ‘Trace metals have been shown to inhibit ruminal protein degradation.’
    • ‘The biggest cause of this attrition is loss or degradation of their seagrass habitat.’
    • ‘In fact, I would be hard pressed to think of a more perfect definition of human misery and degradation.’
    • ‘Rapid microbial degradation is more likely when the same pesticide is used repeatedly in a field.’
    • ‘Due to smaller contact metal diffusion through fewer dislocations, it also reduces degradation caused by high currents.’
    • ‘Edges are natural, colors solid, the picture free of defects or degradations.’
    • ‘This riveting drama speaks to our souls with its incessant probes into the importance of human choice and the degradations brought on by self-destructiveness.’
    • ‘In the second step, starch degradation is induced.’
    • ‘There are a lot of very clear-headed warnings out there about environmental degradation.’
    • ‘It is ironic that these recent degradations of traditional citizenry have followed a period of 50 years unparalleled advance in the quality of material life.’
    • ‘However, larger formatted documents take time to transmit and cause some degradation of service.’
    humiliation, shame, loss of dignity, loss of self-respect, loss of pride, abasement, mortification, indignity, ignominy
    demeaning, debasement, cheapening, devaluing, discrediting, dishonouring
    deterioration, degeneration, atrophy, decay, wasting away
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  • 2Geology
    The wearing down of rock by disintegration.

    • ‘Morphologic analysis of scarp degradation can be used quantitatively to determine relative ages of different scarps formed in cohensionless materials, under the same climatic conditions.’
    • ‘Students will measure and model mountain erosion/degradation processes.’
    • ‘Previous studies have found that for Quaternary events in arid climates, fault scarp degradation in colluvial material can be used to estimate fault age and earthquake recurrence.’


Mid 16th century: from Old French, or from ecclesiastical Latin degradatio(n-), from the verb degradare (see degrade).