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degrade
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The Idiot
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  • We degrade God when we attribute our own ideas to Him, out of annoyance that we cannot fathom His ways.
  • I always make the wrong gestures—inappropriate gestures—and therefore I degrade the Thought, and raise a laugh instead of doing my subject justice.

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  • She went away in response to some inner prompting to do something disgraceful, in order that she might say to herself—’There—you’ve done a new act of shame—you degraded creature!’
  • His feeling for Nina Alexandrovna amounted almost to adoration; she had pardoned so much in silence, and loved him still in spite of the state of degradation into which he had fallen.
  • Since his return to Petersburg from Moscow, he had been remarkably silent, and had told Prince S. on one occasion, before everyone, that he did not think himself justified in degrading any thought by his unworthy words.

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as in: her comments were degrading Define
reducing human dignity
as in: degraded the quality Define
to decrease the value of something
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