Meaning of DEGRADATION in English

DEGRADATION

/ ˌdegrəˈdeɪʃn; NAmE / noun [ U ]

1.

a situation in which sb has lost all self-respect and the respect of other people :

the degradation of being sent to prison

2.

( technical ) the process of sth being damaged or made worse :

environmental degradation

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WORD ORIGIN

mid 16th cent. (in the sense deposition from an office or rank as a punishment): from Old French , or from ecclesiastical Latin degradatio(n-) , from the verb degradare , from de- down, away from + Latin gradus step or grade.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.