degrading

Degrading describes something that is disrespectful or dishonorable like a degrading comment that angered everyone who heard it.

The word degrading comes from degrade, which means "to treat someone with contempt." So something that is degrading is cruel, meant to put a person or group down. For example, if you ever heard someone say that all women (or men, kids, or people from a certain place or who speak a certain language or belong to a certain racial group) are "all alike," you have heard a degrading comment.

Definitions of degrading
1

adj used of conduct; characterized by dishonor

Synonyms:
debasing
dishonorable, dishonourable
lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor

adj harmful to the mind or morals

“the vicious and degrading cult of violence”
Synonyms:
corrupting
noxious
injurious to physical or mental health

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