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English Dictionary: degraded by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
degraded
adj
  1. unrestrained by convention or morality; "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"; "deplorably dissipated and degraded"; "riotous living"; "fast women"
    Synonym(s): debauched, degenerate, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, libertine, profligate, riotous, fast
  2. lowered in value; "the dollar is low"; "a debased currency"
    Synonym(s): debased, devalued, degraded
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Degrade \De*grade"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Degraded}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Degrading}.] [F. d[82]grader, LL. degradare, fr. L.
      de- + gradus step, degree. See {Grade}, and cf. {Degree}.]
      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) [web1913]:
   Degraded \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. [Cf. F. degr[82] step.] (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.
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