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English definition of “degradation”

degradation

noun [U] uk   /ˌdeɡ.rəˈdeɪ.ʃən/ us  

degradation noun [U] (DESTRUCTION)

the process in which the beauty or quality of something is destroyed or spoiled: environmental degradationDeteriorating and making worseDamaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing

degradation noun [U] (LOSS OF RESPECT)

formal the situation in which people are made to feel they have no value: the misery and degradation of prison lifeHumiliating and degrading
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