Definition of degradation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    degradation

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˌdeɡrəˈdeɪʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdeɡrəˈdeɪʃn//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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  1. 1a situation in which somebody has lost all self-respect and the respect of other people the degradation of being sent to prison
  2. 2(specialist) the process of something being damaged or made worse environmental degradation
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense deposition from an office or rank as a punishment): from Old French, or from ecclesiastical Latin degradatio(n-), from the verb degradare, from de- ‘down, away from’ + Latin gradus ‘step or grade’.
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