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degrade

DEGRADE, v.t. [L. A step, a degree.]

1. To reduce from a higher to a lower rank or degree; to deprive one of any office or dignity, by which he loses rank in society; to strip of honors; as, to degrade a nobleman, an archbishop or a general officer.

2. To reduce in estimation; to lessen the value of ; to lower; to sink. Vice degrades a man in the view of others; often in his own view. Drunkenness degrades a man to the level of a beast.

3. To reduce in altitude or magnitude.

Although the ridge is still there, the ridge itself has been degraded.



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DEGRADE, v.t. [L. A step, a degree.]

1. To reduce from a higher to a lower rank or degree; to deprive one of any office or dignity, by which he loses rank in society; to strip of honors; as, to degrade a nobleman, an archbishop or a general officer.

2. To reduce in estimation; to lessen the value of ; to lower; to sink. Vice degrades a man in the view of others; often in his own view. Drunkenness degrades a man to the level of a beast.

3. To reduce in altitude or magnitude.

Although the ridge is still there, the ridge itself has been degraded.

DE-GRADE', v.t. [Fr. degrader; Sp. and Port. degradar; It. degradare; L. de and gradus, a step, a degree. See Grade.]

  1. To reduce from a higher to a lower rank or degree; to deprive one of any office or dignity, by which he loses rank in society; to strip of honors; as, to degrade a nobleman, an archbishop, or a general officer.
  2. To reduce in estimation; to lessen the value of; to lower; to sink. Vice degrades a man in the view of others; often in his own view. Drunkenness degrades a man to the level of a beast.
  3. To reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and mountains. Although the ridge is still there, the ridge itself has been degraded. – Journ. of Science.

De*grade"
  1. To reduce from a higher to a lower rank or degree; to lower in rank; to deprive of office or dignity; to strip of honors; as, to degrade a nobleman, or a general officer.

    Prynne was sentenced by the Star Chamber Court to be degraded from the bar. Palfrey.

  2. To degenerate; to pass from a higher to a lower type of structure; as, a family of plants or animals degrades through this or that genus or group of genera.
  3. To reduce in estimation, character, or reputation; to lessen the value of; to lower the physical, moral, or intellectual character of; to debase; to bring shame or contempt upon; to disgrace; as, vice degrades a man.

    O miserable mankind, to what fall
    Degraded, to what wretched state reserved!
    Milton.

    Yet time ennobles or degrades each line. Pope.

    Her pride . . . struggled hard against this degrading passion. Macaulay.

  4. To reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and mountains; to wear down.

    Syn. -- To abase; demean; lower; reduce. See Abase.

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Degrade

DEGRADE, verb transitive [Latin A step, a degree.]

1. To reduce from a higher to a lower rank or degree; to deprive one of any office or dignity, by which he loses rank in society; to strip of honors; as, to degrade a nobleman, an archbishop or a general officer.

2. To reduce in estimation; to lessen the value of ; to lower; to sink. Vice degrades a man in the view of others; often in his own view. Drunkenness degrades a man to the level of a beast.

3. To reduce in altitude or magnitude.

Although the ridge is still there, the ridge itself has been degraded.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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pant

P`ANT, v.i.

1. To palpitate; to beat with preternatural violence or rapidity, as the heart in terror, or after hard labor, or in anxious desire or suspense.

Yet might her piteous heart be seen to pant and quake.

2. To have the breast heaving, as in short respiration or want of breath.

Pluto pants for breath from out his cell.

3. To play with intermission or declining strength.

The whispering breeze

Pants on the leaves and dies upon the trees.

4. To long; to desire ardently.

Who pants for glory, finds but short repose.

As the heart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. Ps.42.

P`ANT, n. Palpitation of the heart.

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