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  3  definitions  found 
 
  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['e]  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Degrade  \De*grade"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Degraded};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Degrading}.]  [F.  d['e]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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  degraded 
  adj  1:  unrestrained  by  convention  or  morality;  "Congreve  draws  a 
  debauched  aristocratic  society";  "deplorably 
  dissipated  and  degraded";  "riotous  living";  "fast 
  women"  [syn:  {debauched},  {degenerate},  {dissipated}, 
  {dissolute},  {libertine},  {profligate},  {riotous},  {fast}] 
  2:  lowered  in  value;  "the  dollar  is  low";  "a  debased  currency" 
  [syn:  {debased},  {devalued}] 




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