Part of speech: verb

To reduce in rank; debase in character or quality; make mean or contemptible.

Part of speech: verb

To decline in character, reputation, or standing; degenerate.

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Usage examples "degrade":

  1. It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him, and that not because he's handsome, Nelly, but because he's more myself than I am. - "The Worlds Greatest Books Vol. II: Fiction", Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds..
  2. Why do so, if thereby you lower and degrade the most Italian sovereignty of the whole peninsula? - "Pius IX. And His Time", The Rev. Æneas MacDonell Dawson.
  3. Let the word stand, coloured though it is with associations that degrade it. - "The Open Secret of Ireland", T. M. Kettle.