Degrade Definition

dĭ-grād
degraded, degrades, degrading
verb
degraded, degrades, degrading
To lower or corrupt in quality, moral character, or value; debase.
Webster's New World
To lower in rank or status, as in punishing; demote.
Webster's New World
To bring into dishonor or contempt.
Webster's New World
To sink to a lower grade or type.
Webster's New World
To convert (an organic compound) into a simpler compound by removal of one or more parts of the molecule; decompose.
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Origin of Degrade

  • Middle English degraden from Old French degrader from Late Latin dēgradāre Latin dē- de- Latin gradus step ghredh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French dégrader

    From Wiktionary

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