One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The condition or process of degrading or being degraded.‘a trail of human misery and degradation’
humiliation, shame, loss of dignity, loss of self-respect, loss of pride, abasement, mortification, indignity, ignominydemeaning, debasement, cheapening, devaluing, discrediting, dishonouringdeterioration, degeneration, atrophy, decay, wasting awayView synonyms
- ‘How long can we sustain the environmental and social degradation that consumer culture perpetuates?’
- ‘During the backup process the LAN experiences significant performance degradation.’
- ‘Trace metals have been shown to inhibit ruminal protein degradation.’
- ‘In the second step, starch degradation is induced.’
- ‘Unprotected digital content can be repeatedly copied without suffering the degradation in quality that successive analogue recordings introduce.’
- ‘Rapid microbial degradation is more likely when the same pesticide is used repeatedly in a field.’
- ‘The biggest cause of this attrition is loss or degradation of their seagrass habitat.’
- ‘Mass movements against the degradations of the free market have developed in every continent.’
- ‘In fact, I would be hard pressed to think of a more perfect definition of human misery and degradation.’
- ‘This allows types of degradation process and proportions of degradation products to be determined.’
- ‘We all want to see recycling and an end to environmental degradation.’
- ‘There are a lot of very clear-headed warnings out there about environmental degradation.’
- ‘The predictable result was an accelerated degradation of the ecosystem.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A Director, on the other hand, is designed to minimize performance degradation at all times.’
- ‘However, larger formatted documents take time to transmit and cause some degradation of service.’
- ‘Due to smaller contact metal diffusion through fewer dislocations, it also reduces degradation caused by high currents.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Most of us are familiar with the Holocaust's unspeakable brutalities and degradations.’
- ‘Edges are natural, colors solid, the picture free of defects or degradations.’
- 1.1Geology The wearing down of rock by disintegration.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Students will measure and model mountain erosion/degradation processes.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 16th century: from Old French, or from ecclesiastical Latin degradatio(n-), from the verb degradare (see degrade).
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