Definition of "degraded" []

  • Reduced in rank, dignity, or esteem. (adjective)
  • Having been corrupted or depraved. (adjective)
  • Having been reduced in quality or value. (adjective)
  • To reduce in worth, character, etc; disgrace; dishonour (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To reduce in rank, status, or degree; remove from office; demote (verb)
  • To reduce in strength, quality, intensity, etc (verb)
  • To reduce or be reduced by erosion or down-cutting, as a land surface or bed of a river (verb)
  • To decompose or be decomposed into atoms or smaller molecules (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "degraded" in a sentence
  • "Does your head ache, or do you feel what I call degraded when someone in the office starts talking to you?"
  • "I was sat down and what you call degraded, so to say, for no apparent reason."
  • "It would be a shame if vidders and other cultural critics were forced to work in degraded images."