degrade degrade  /dɪ ˈɡreɪd/


  1. (v) reduce the level of land, as by erosion
  2. (v) reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
  3. (v) lower the grade of something; reduce its worth


  1. Village Homes is one of the world's best examples of sustainable development--it doesn't degrade the environment that future generations will inherit.
  2. As he previously demonstrated with Secretary, the director, Steven Shainberg, has a thoroughly nasty desire to degrade and humiliate female characters.
  3. More important, exposure to sunlight and humidity will degrade this paper-as well as the prints you produce with it.


  • When Market Incentives Undermine Morality

    The Greek philosophers were not entirely wrong about markets. When they reward cooperation, people become more obliging and virtuous -- but markets don’t always reward it. Though on balance they have greatly improved our moral behavior, they can also degrade it.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Bloomberg


  1. "I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies," Obama said. "I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it's on the...
    on Mar 14, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Washington Post

  2. "If he has a right to use that platform to insult and degrade then we have a moral obligation to picket NBC and to protest," Jackson said. "If he can violate us in that platform in the name of free speech we'll be picketing NBC in the name of...
    on Apr 8, 2007 By: Jesse Jackson Source:

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