DICT.TW Dictionary Taiwan

Search for:
[Show options]
[Pronunciation] [Help] [Database Info] [Server Info]

3 definitions found

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: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: harmful to the mind or morals; "corrupt judges and their
             corrupting influence"; "the vicious and degrading cult
             of violence" [syn: corrupting]
      2: used of conduct; characterized by dishonor [syn: debasing]