Etymology
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degradation (n.)

1530s, "a reduction in rank or dignity," from French dégradation (14c., Old French degradacion), noun of action from past-participle stem of degrader (see degrade). From 1752 as "state of being reduced from a higher to a lower grade or power;" by 1769 as "reduction of strength, value, magnitude, etc." Related: Degradational.

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Definitions of degradation

degradation (n.)
changing to a lower state (a less respected state);
Synonyms: debasement
degradation (n.)
a low or downcast state; "each confession brought her into an attitude of abasement"- H.L.Menchken;
Synonyms: abasement / abjection
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