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degrade
used in Wuthering Heights

14 uses
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  • Rise, and don't degrade yourself into an abject reptile — DON'T!'
    Chapter 27 (16% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Heathcliff bore his degradation pretty well at first, because Cathy taught him what she learnt, and worked or played with him in the fields.
    Chapter 6 (20% in)
  • He delighted to witness Hindley degrading himself past redemption; and became daily more notable for savage sullenness and ferocity.
    Chapter 8 (26% in)
  • It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him: and that, not because he's handsome, Nelly, but because he's more myself than I am.
    Chapter 9 (43% in)
  • He had listened till he heard Catherine say it would degrade her to marry him, and then he stayed to hear no further.
    Chapter 9 (44% in)
  • His countenance was much older in expression and decision of feature than Mr. Linton's; it looked intelligent, and retained no marks of former degradation.
    Chapter 10 (31% in)
  • Leaving aside the degradation of an alliance with a nameless man, and the possible fact that his property, in default of heirs male, might pass into such a one's power, he had sense to comprehend Heathcliff's disposition: to know that, though his exterior was altered, his mind was unchangeable and unchanged.
    Chapter 10 (60% in)
  • 'I've been so far forbearing with you, sir,' he said quietly; 'not that I was ignorant of your miserable, degraded character, but I felt you were only partly responsible for that; and Catherine wishing to keep up your acquaintance, I acquiesced — foolishly.
    Chapter 11 (55% in)
  • Because misery and degradation, and death, and nothing that God or Satan could inflict would have parted us, YOU, of your own will, did it.
    Chapter 15 (72% in)
  • For me, grieved as I was about Catherine, it was impossible to avoid regarding this season of deliverance from degrading oppression as a holiday.
    Chapter 17 (24% in)
  • ' "But then," I continued, holding myself ready to flee, "if poor Catherine had trusted you, and assumed the ridiculous, contemptible, degrading title of Mrs. Heathcliff, she would soon have presented a similar picture!
    Chapter 17 (67% in)
  • — Do you know that, twenty times a day, I covet Hareton, with all his degradation?
    Chapter 21 (39% in)
  • His honest, warm, and intelligent nature shook off rapidly the clouds of ignorance and degradation in which it had been bred; and Catherine's sincere commendations acted as a spur to his industry.
    Chapter 33 (57% in)
  • Well, Hareton's aspect was the ghost of my immortal love; of my wild endeavours to hold my right; my degradation, my pride, my happiness, and my anguish — 'But it is frenzy to repeat these thoughts to you: only it will let you know why, with a reluctance to be always alone, his society is no benefit; rather an aggravation of the constant torment I suffer: and it partly contributes to render me regardless how he and his cousin go on together.
    Chapter 33 (84% in)

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