Definition of degradation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdɛɡrəˈdeɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The condition or process of degrading or being degraded: a trail of human misery and degradation
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mass movements against the degradations of the free market have developed in every continent.
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;
2 Geology The wearing down of rock by disintegration.
Example sentences
  • Students will measure and model mountain erosion/degradation processes.
  • 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.
  • 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: from Old French, or from ecclesiastical Latin degradatio(n-), from the verb degradare (see degrade).

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