When a person has become disrespected and is looked down upon, this is an example of degradation.
- a degrading or being degraded in rank, status, or condition
- a degraded condition
- Geol. the lowering of land surfaces by erosion
- R.C.Ch. laicization of a cleric, imposed as a penalty
Origin of degradationFrench dégradation ; from Late Latin degradatio ; from degradare: see degrade
- The act or process of degrading.
- The state of being degraded; degeneration.
- A decline to a lower condition, quality, or level.
- Geology A general lowering of the earth's surface by erosion or weathering.
- Chemistry Decomposition of a compound, especially complex substances such as polymers and proteins, by stages, exhibiting well-defined intermediate products.
- 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.
- The state of being reduced in rank, character, or reputation; baseness; moral, physical, or intellectual degeneracy; disgrace; abasement; debasement.
- Diminution or reduction of strength, efficacy, or value; degeneration; deterioration.
- (geology) A gradual wearing down or wasting, as of rocks and banks, by the action of water, frost etc.
- A deleterious change in the chemical structure, physical properties or appearance of a material from natural or artificial exposure.
- The 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.
- The gradual breakdown of components of a material, as a result of a natural element, i.e.: heat, cold and wind.
From French dégradation