Degrade

Definition of Degrade

De`grade´
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Degraded; p. pr. & vb. n. Degrading.]
Prynne was sentenced by the Star Chamber Court to be degraded from the bar.
- Palfrey.
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.
O miserable mankind, to what fall
Degraded, to what wretched state reserved!
- Milton.
Yet time ennobles or degrades each line.
- Pope.
Her pride . . . struggled hard against this degrading passion.
- Macaulay.
3.(Geol.) To reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and mountains; to wear down.
v. i.1.(Biol.) 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.

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