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degradation

DEGRADATION, n.

1. A reducing in rank; the act of depriving one of a degree of honor, of dignity, or of rank; also, deposition; removal or dismission from office; as the degradation of a peer, of a knight, or of a bishop, in England.

2. The state of being reduced from an elevated or more honorable station, to one that is low in fact or in estimation; baseness; degeneracy.

Deplorable is the degradation of our nature.

3. Diminution or reduction of strength, efficacy or value.

4. In painting, a lessening and obscuring of the appearance of distant objects in a landscape, that they may appear as they would do to an eye placed at a distance.

5. Diminution; reduction of altitude or magnitude.



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DEGRADATION, n.

1. A reducing in rank; the act of depriving one of a degree of honor, of dignity, or of rank; also, deposition; removal or dismission from office; as the degradation of a peer, of a knight, or of a bishop, in England.

2. The state of being reduced from an elevated or more honorable station, to one that is low in fact or in estimation; baseness; degeneracy.

Deplorable is the degradation of our nature.

3. Diminution or reduction of strength, efficacy or value.

4. In painting, a lessening and obscuring of the appearance of distant objects in a landscape, that they may appear as they would do to an eye placed at a distance.

5. Diminution; reduction of altitude or magnitude.

DEG-RA-DA'TION, n. [Fr. See Degrade.]

  1. A reducing in rank; the act of depriving one of a degree of honor, of dignity, or of rank; also, deposition; removal or dismission from office; as, the degradation of a peer, of a knight, or of a bishop, in England.
  2. The state of being reduced from an elevated or more honorable station, to one that is low in fact or in estimation; baseness; degeneracy. Deplorable is the degradation of our nature. – South.
  3. Diminution or reduction of strength, efficacy or value.
  4. In painting, a lessening and obscuring of the appearance of distant objects in a landscape, that they may appear as they would do to an eye placed at a distance. – Johnson. Encyc.
  5. Diminution; reduction of altitude or magnitude. – Journ. of Science.

Deg`ra*da"tion
  1. 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.

    He saw many removes and degradations in all the other offices of which he had been possessed. Clarendon.

  2. The state of being reduced in rank, character, or reputation; baseness; moral, physical, or intellectual degeneracy; disgrace; abasement; debasement.

    The . . . degradation of a needy man of letters. Macaulay.

    Deplorable is the degradation of our nature. South.

    Moments there frequently must be, when a sinner is sensible of the degradation of his state. Blair.

  3. Diminution or reduction of strength, efficacy, or value; degeneration; deterioration.

    The development and degradation of the alphabetic forms can be traced. I. Taylor (The Alphabet).

  4. A gradual wearing down or wasting, as of rocks and banks, by the action of water, frost etc.
  5. The state or condition of a species or group which exhibits degraded forms; degeneration.

    The degradation of the species man is observed in some of its varieties. Dana.

  6. Arrest of development, or degeneration of any organ, or of the body as a whole.

    Degradation of energy, or Dissipation of energy (Physics), the transformation of energy into some form in which it is less available for doing work.

    Syn. -- Abasement; debasement; reduction; decline.

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Degradation

DEGRADATION, noun

1. A reducing in rank; the act of depriving one of a degree of honor, of dignity, or of rank; also, deposition; removal or dismission from office; as the degradation of a peer, of a knight, or of a bishop, in England.

2. The state of being reduced from an elevated or more honorable station, to one that is low in fact or in estimation; baseness; degeneracy.

Deplorable is the degradation of our nature.

3. Diminution or reduction of strength, efficacy or value.

4. In painting, a lessening and obscuring of the appearance of distant objects in a landscape, that they may appear as they would do to an eye placed at a distance.

5. Diminution; reduction of altitude or magnitude.

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