Meaning of degradation in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdɛɡrəˈdeɪʃ(ə)n/

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mass noun
  • 1The condition or process of degrading or being degraded.

    ‘a trail of human misery and degradation’
    • ‘This riveting drama speaks to our souls with its incessant probes into the importance of human choice and the degradations brought on by self-destructiveness.’
    • ‘It is ironic that these recent degradations of traditional citizenry have followed a period of 50 years unparalleled advance in the quality of material life.’
    • ‘Mass movements against the degradations of the free market have developed in every continent.’
    • ‘Edges are natural, colors solid, the picture free of defects or degradations.’
    • ‘Most of us are familiar with the Holocaust's unspeakable brutalities and degradations.’
    • ‘This allows types of degradation process and proportions of degradation products to be determined.’
    • ‘The biggest cause of this attrition is loss or degradation of their seagrass habitat.’
    • ‘How long can we sustain the environmental and social degradation that consumer culture perpetuates?’
    • ‘In fact, I would be hard pressed to think of a more perfect definition of human misery and degradation.’
    • ‘We all want to see recycling and an end to environmental degradation.’
    • ‘There are a lot of very clear-headed warnings out there about environmental degradation.’
    • ‘Trace metals have been shown to inhibit ruminal protein degradation.’
    • ‘In the second step, starch degradation is induced.’
    • ‘Rapid microbial degradation is more likely when the same pesticide is used repeatedly in a field.’
    • ‘A Director, on the other hand, is designed to minimize performance degradation at all times.’
    • ‘Due to smaller contact metal diffusion through fewer dislocations, it also reduces degradation caused by high currents.’
    • ‘During the backup process the LAN experiences significant performance degradation.’
    • ‘Unprotected digital content can be repeatedly copied without suffering the degradation in quality that successive analogue recordings introduce.’
    • ‘However, larger formatted documents take time to transmit and cause some degradation of service.’
    • ‘The predictable result was an accelerated degradation of the ecosystem.’
    humiliation, shame, loss of dignity, loss of self-respect, loss of pride, abasement, mortification, indignity, ignominy
    demeaning, debasement, cheapening, devaluing, discrediting, dishonouring
    deterioration, degeneration, atrophy, decay, wasting away
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  • 2Geology
    The wearing down of rock by disintegration.

    ‘Students will measure and model mountain erosion/degradation processes.’
    • ‘Morphologic analysis of scarp degradation can be used quantitatively to determine relative ages of different scarps formed in cohensionless materials, under the same climatic conditions.’
    • ‘Previous studies have found that for Quaternary events in arid climates, fault scarp degradation in colluvial material can be used to estimate fault age and earthquake recurrence.’


Mid 16th century from Old French, or from ecclesiastical Latin degradatio(n-), from the verb degradare (see degrade).