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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·grade v. t. [imp. & p. p. Degraded; p. pr. & vb. n. Degrading.]
 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 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.
 3. Geol. To reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and mountains; to wear down.
 Syn: -- To abase; demean; lower; reduce. See Abase.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·grad·ed a.
 1. Reduced in rank, character, or reputation; debased; sunken; low; base.
    The Netherlands . . . were reduced practically to a very degraded condition.   --Motley.
 2. Biol. Having the typical characters or organs in a partially developed condition, or lacking certain parts.
    Some families of plants are degraded dicotyledons.   --Dana.
 3.  Her. Having steps; -- said of a cross each of whose extremities finishes in steps growing larger as they leave the center; -- termed also on degrees.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: unrestrained by convention or morality; "Congreve draws a
             debauched aristocratic society"; "deplorably
             dissipated and degraded"; "riotous living"; "fast
             women" [syn: debauched, degenerate, dissipated,
             dissolute, libertine, profligate, riotous, fast]
      2: lowered in value; "the dollar is low"; "a debased currency"
         [syn: debased, devalued]