degrade

[ dih-greyd or for 3, dee-greyd ]SEE DEFINITION OF degrade
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Nothing could degrade them beyond the reach of their sympathies!

He might degrade Marcolina by mockery and lascivious phrases, full of innuendo.

Nor did he degrade his art by caricatures drawn in hotel bars.

Do you think that if I spat upon him, I could degrade him to a lower level than his own?

Oh, how strange that you of the North see not how you degrade him when you keep him here!

How the passions obscure and degrade the finest understandings!

How can I have any desire to degrade you since I must degrade myself at the same time?

He should have borne anything sooner than degrade his sacred calling.

If you do not make her do what I have said, I will degrade and suspend you.

It was a conspiracy to degrade me in the eyes of myself and my fellow-mortals.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Old French degrader (12c.) "degrade, deprive (of office, rank, etc.)," from des- "down" (see dis-) + Latin gradus "step" (see grade (n.)). Related: Degraded; degrading.

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