To degrade something is to make it less good or valuable. You can degrade a piece of art, a piece of furniture, or a person.

  • He degraded the painting by painting over the original work.

  • The furniture was degraded by being covered in paint.

Definition of degrade


lower the grade of something; reduce its worth




reduce in worth or character, usually verbally


demean, disgrace, put down, take down


reduce the level of land, as by erosion

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Example Sentences for degrade

  • 1

    Degradation of the buffer marshes.

  • 2

    The article is depraved and degrading.

  • 3

    The speed is fast degrading.

  • 4

    But the evolution of this subject is in the direction of degradation.

  • 5

    It is a reference to the mental degradation of the president.

  • 6

    That surely degrades the value of the project.

  • 7

    The addition degrades the quality of the article.

  • 8

    The caricature is not an insult or degradation of the person.

  • 9

    The people degraded the rest of the people.

  • 10

    The vandalism is degrading the quality of articles.