Definition of degradation in English:



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

    ‘a trail of human misery and 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.’
    • ‘How long can we sustain the environmental and social degradation that consumer culture perpetuates?’
    • ‘Edges are natural, colors solid, the picture free of defects or degradations.’
    • ‘However, larger formatted documents take time to transmit and cause some degradation of service.’
    • ‘Mass movements against the degradations of the free market have developed in every continent.’
    • ‘In the second step, starch degradation is induced.’
    • ‘The predictable result was an accelerated degradation of the ecosystem.’
    • ‘During the backup process the LAN experiences significant performance degradation.’
    • ‘The biggest cause of this attrition is loss or degradation of their seagrass habitat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A Director, on the other hand, is designed to minimize performance degradation at all times.’
    • ‘Most of us are familiar with the Holocaust's unspeakable brutalities and degradations.’
    • ‘In fact, I would be hard pressed to think of a more perfect definition of human misery and degradation.’
    • ‘Trace metals have been shown to inhibit ruminal protein degradation.’
    • ‘Unprotected digital content can be repeatedly copied without suffering the degradation in quality that successive analogue recordings introduce.’
    • ‘There are a lot of very clear-headed warnings out there about environmental degradation.’
    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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    1. 1.1Geology 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 (in the sense deposition from an office or rank as a punishment): from Old French, or from ecclesiastical Latin degradatio(n-), from the verb degradare (see degrade).