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-degree

suffix uk   /-dɪ.ɡriː/ us  
used with an ordinal number to show how serious something is: She suffered first-/second-/third-degree (= least serious/serious/very serious) burns on her legs. US He's being charged with first-degree (= the most serious type of) murder.
(Definition of -degree suffix from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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