The definition of degrading is something that causes damage, humiliation or a loss of respect.
When someone puts you down all the time and causes you to feel humiliated and disrespected, this is an example of degrading treatment.
Tending or intended to degrade: “There is nothing so degrading as the constant anxiety about one's means of livelihood” ( W. Somerset Maugham )
- Present participle of degrade.
(comparative more degrading, superlative most degrading)
- that degrades
- It's as if she's bent on degrading herself.
- A decree of one of them degrading a monarch who had sided with his enemies was found at Coptos engraved on a doorway of Senwosri I.
- In it he suggested that the following reforms should be carried out, some by administrative order and some by future legislation: (1) time for the payment of fines inflicted for minor offences; (2) disciplinary treatment outside prison for all offenders under 21 years of age; (3) punishment of those guilty of offences not involving moral turpitude to be relieved of all degrading features; (4) the reduction of the period of solitary confinement to a maximum of one month; (5) and the abolition of the ticket-of-leave system.
- Displeased with the action of the regent Orleans in degrading the illegitimate children of Louis XIV.
- In Naples King Ferdinand retained some of the laws and institutions of Murats rgime, and many of the functionaries of the former government entered Naples his service; but he revived the Bourbon tradition, the odious police system and the censorship; and a degrading religious bigotry, to which the masses were all too much inclined, became the basis of government and social iife.