Degradation is the act of lowering something or someone to a less respected state. A president resigning from office is a degradation. It’s also a downcast state. Once the president has resigned, he might feel degradation.

The noun degradation is related to the verb degrade, which comes from the Latin degradare. Degradare comes from de-, meaning “down,” and gradus, meaning "step." You can think of a degradation as a step down, or feeling as though you’re a step below.

Definitions of degradation

n changing to a lower state (a less respected state)

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dehumanisation, dehumanization
the act of degrading people with respect to their best qualities
animalisation, animalization, brutalisation, brutalization
an act that makes people cruel or lacking normal human qualities
barbarisation, barbarization
an act that makes people primitive and uncivilized
bastardisation, bastardization
an act that debases or corrupts
corruption, subversion
destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity
demoralisation, demoralization
destroying the moral basis for a doctrine or policy
constipation, deadening, impairment, stultification
the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
popularisation, popularization, vulgarisation, vulgarization
the act of making something attractive to the general public
degradation of something worthy of respect; cheapening
abasement, humiliation
depriving one of self-esteem
vulgarisation, vulgarization
the act of rendering something coarse and unrefined
decline to a lower status or level
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change of state
the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics

n a low or downcast state

abasement, abjection
decadence, decadency, degeneracy, degeneration
the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities
(usually plural) a low moral state
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state of disgrace or loss of self-respect