disgraced, debased, depraved, etc.
- Reduced in rank, dignity, or esteem.
- Having been corrupted or depraved.
- Having been reduced in quality or value.
(comparative more degraded, superlative most degraded)
- Feeling or having undergone degradation; deprived of dignity or self-respect.
- The Netherlands […] were reduced practically to a very degraded condition. — Motley.
- (biology) Having the typical characters or organs in a partially developed condition, or lacking certain parts.
- Some families of plants are degraded dicotyledons. — Dana.
- (heraldry) Having steps; said of a cross whose extremities end in steps growing larger as they leave the centre; on degrees.
- Simple past tense and past participle of degrade.
Variant of degrade
transitive verbdegraded, degrading
- 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 of degradeMiddle English degraden ; from Old French degrader ; from Late Latin degradare, to reduce in rank ; from Classical Latin de-, down + 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