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Verb: degrade  di'greyd
  1. Reduce the level of land, as by erosion
     
  2. Reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
    "She tends to degrade younger women colleagues";
    - take down, disgrace, demean, put down
     
  3. Lower the grade of something; reduce its worth
    - cheapen

Derived forms: degrades, degrading, degraded

Type of: abase, aggravate, chagrin, exacerbate, exasperate, humble, humiliate, mortify, worsen

Antonym: aggrade

Encyclopedia: Degrade