What does the word degradation mean?

Usage examples for degradation

  1. There he lingered for a time, sinking into a lower and lower state of degradation, and making ever more and more piteous appeals to the noble pupils who owed so much of their knowledge of the world to his guidance. – The Castle Inn by Stanley John Weyman
  2. I think I understand it now, and the beauty of it and the degradation, too. – Calvert of Strathore by Carter Goodloe
  3. It was a degradation and nothing else. – Memoir and Letters of Francis W. Newman by Giberne Sieveking