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degradation

Noun

1 changing to a lower state (a less respected state) [syn: debasement]
2 a low or downcast state; "each confession brought her into an attitude of abasement"- H.L.Menchken [syn: abasement, abjection]

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Noun

  1. The act of reducing in rank, character, or reputation, or of abasing; a lowering from one's standing or rank in office or society; diminution; as, the degradation of a peer, a knight, a general, or a bishop.
  2. The state of being reduced in rank, character, or reputation; baseness; moral, physical, or intellectual degeneracy; disgrace; abasement; debasement.
  3. Diminution or reduction of strength, efficacy, or value; degeneration; deterioration.
  4. A gradual wearing down or wasting, as of rocks and banks, by the action of water, frost etc.
  5. The state or condition of a species or group which exhibits degraded forms; degeneration.
  6. Arrest of development, or degeneration of any organ, or of the body as a whole.

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act of reducing in rank, character, or reputation, or of abasing
state of being reduced in rank, character, or reputation
diminution or reduction of strength, efficacy, or value; degeneration; deterioration
gradual wearing down or wasting, as of rocks and banks
state or condition of a species or group which exhibits degraded forms; degeneration
arrest of development, or degeneration of any organ, or of the body as a whole

Extensive Definition

Degradation may refer to;
degradation in Arabic: انحلال
degradation in German: Degradation
degradation in French: Dégradation
degradation in Indonesian: Degradasi
degradation in Russian: Деградация
degradation in Slovak: Degradácia
degradation in Ukrainian: Деградація

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abandon, abandonment, abasement, abjection, abjectness, ablation, abominableness, atomization, atrociousness, banishment, baseness, beggarliness, biodegradability, biodegradation, blackballing, breakup, bump, bust, casting down, chicanery, comedown, concavity, contemptibility, contemptibleness, corrosion, corruptedness, corruption, corruptness, crumbling, crumminess, de-escalation, debasement, decadence, decadency, decay, declension, declination, decline, decomposition, deformation, defrocking, degeneracy, degenerateness, degeneration, degradability, degrading, demoralization, demotion, depluming, deportation, depravation, depravedness, depravity, depreciation, depression, deprivation, derogation, descent, despicableness, deterioration, detrusion, devolution, dilapidation, diminution, disbarment, discredit, disfellowship, disgrace, disgrading, dishonor, disintegration, disjunction, disorganization, displuming, disrepute, dissoluteness, dissolution, downgrading, downtrend, downturn, downward mobility, downward trend, drop, ducking, dying, ebb, effeteness, enormity, erosion, exclusion, excommunication, execrableness, exile, expatriation, extradition, fading, failing, failure, failure of nerve, fall, falling-off, foulness, fugitation, fulsomeness, grossness, hauling down, heinousness, hollowness, humbling, humiliation, ignobility, ignominiousness, ignominy, incoherence, infamousness, infamy, ingloriousness, involution, knavery, knavishness, lapse, littleness, loss of honor, loss of tone, lowering, lowness, meanness, mildew, miserableness, mold, monstrousness, moral pollution, moral turpitude, nefariousness, obloquy, obnoxiousness, odiousness, odium, opprobrium, ostracism, ostracization, outlawing, outlawry, oxidation, oxidization, paltriness, pettiness, pokiness, poorness, profligacy, rankness, rascality, rascalry, ravages of time, reduction, regression, relegation, reprobacy, resolution, retrocession, retrogradation, retrogression, roguery, roguishness, rottenness, rust, rustication, scabbiness, scampishness, scoundrelism, scrubbiness, scruffiness, scumminess, scurviness, shabbiness, shame, shoddiness, sinking, slippage, slump, smallness, spoilage, squalor, stripping, stripping of rank, submergence, thrusting under, transportation, turpitude, unfrocking, vileness, villainousness, villainy, vitiation, wane, wear, wear and tear, wretchedness
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