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Noun: degradation  ,de-gru'dey-shun
  1. Changing to a lower state (a less respected state)
    - debasement
  2. A low or downcast state
    "each confession brought her into an attitude of degradation";
    - abasement, abjection
  3. (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it), also figuratively
    - erosion, eroding, eating away, wearing, wearing away

Derived forms: degradations

Type of: change of state, geologic process, geological process, humiliation

Encyclopedia: Degradation