degraded definition by Webster's New World
degraded definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Reduced in rank, dignity, or esteem.
- Having been corrupted or depraved.
- Having been reduced in quality or value.
- de·gradˈed·ly adverb
- de·gradˈed·ness noun
Variant of degrade
- to lower in rank or status, as in punishing; demote
- to lower or corrupt in quality, moral character, or value; debase
- to bring into dishonor or contempt
- Chem. to convert (an organic compound) into a simpler compound by removal of one or more parts of the molecule; decompose
- Geol. to lower (a land surface) by erosion
Origin: Middle English degraden ; from Old French degrader ; from Late Latin degradare, to reduce in rank ; from Classical Latin de-, down plush gradus: see de- and amp; grade
- Rare to sink to a lower grade or type
- to be converted into a simpler compound or compounds; decompose
- degrader noun