Definition of degrading in US English:



  • Causing a loss of self-respect; humiliating.

    ‘cruel or degrading treatment’
    • ‘I also had to continue to line up at the welfare office and go through a degrading means test to secure a childcare subsidy that didn't even come close to covering the cost of daycare.’
    • ‘Calling him a liar, a thief, a moron, a traitor, and a hundred other degrading names does nothing to help our nation.’
    • ‘To get by and earn at least some money, many are forced into degrading and menial work.’
    • ‘Cabin staff and passengers alike witnessed the degrading and humiliating scene of the women being dragged the full length of the cabin.’
    • ‘What did she ever do to deserve such degrading treatment?’
    • ‘But if he's captured in a humiliating or degrading way, it may discourage people from joining the movement.’
    • ‘‘It exposed a level of degrading and humiliating treatment of elderly people that should not be tolerated in this or any other society,’ he said.’
    • ‘The European Revised Social Charter requires EU states to ban all forms of corporal punishment and any other forms of degrading treatment of children.’
    • ‘They have been subjected to the most degrading treatment and have been tortured to extract confessions from them.’
    • ‘For three years we have been forced to do this degrading, humiliating work for them.’
    • ‘All but two have been very pleasant (one made racially degrading statements to me, and the other was just plain mean), but those two make it hard for all the others.’
    • ‘What hurt me was the baseless accusations, the seeming refusal to actually read and understand what I was trying to say, and the degrading implications that I was hysterical.’
    • ‘How dare he humiliate her in this degrading way.’
    • ‘Asylum-seekers have long faced such degrading treatment.’
    • ‘A very unfortunate aspect of capital punishment, in my opinion, is the degrading effect it can have on the community.’
    • ‘And our shame is doubled when we subject guests to such a degrading experience.’
    • ‘Regarding the incident as one more humiliation in a degrading illness, I shuffled down the hall to a dirty, cramped toilet compartment.’
    • ‘The time has come for a Basic Income Grant as one way of responding to the degrading poverty that plagues our country and weighs heavily upon our minds and morality.’
    • ‘Were the jurors who looked over this degrading garment imagining one of their own children being forced to wear it?’
    • ‘She went on to explain the degrading treatment workers receive from management.’
    humiliating, demeaning, shaming, shameful, bringing shame, mortifying, abject, lowering, ignominious, undignified, inglorious, discrediting, wretched
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