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degrade
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Leaves of Grass
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degrade
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Leaves of Grass
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  • Whoever degrades another degrades me, And whatever is done or said returns at last to me.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Whoever degrades another degrades me, And whatever is done or said returns at last to me.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …o be hid, I see these sights on the earth, I see the workings of battle, pestilence, tyranny, I see martyrs and prisoners, I observe a famine at sea, I observe the sailors casting lots who shall be kill'd to preserve the lives of the rest, I observe the slights and degradations cast by arrogant persons upon laborers, the poor, and upon negroes, and the like; All these—all the meanness and agony without end I sitting look out upon, See, hear, and am silent.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • If you stand at work in a shop I stand as nigh as the nighest in the same shop, If you bestow gifts on your brother or dearest friend I demand as good as your brother or dearest friend, If your lover, husband, wife, is welcome by day or night, I must be personally as welcome, If you become degraded, criminal, ill, then I become so for your sake, If you remember your foolish and outlaw'd deeds, do you think I cannot remember my own foolish and outlaw'd deeds?  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Ah Poverties, Wincings, and Sulky Retreats Ah poverties, wincings, and sulky retreats, Ah you foes that in conflict have overcome me, (For what is my life or any man's life but a conflict with foes, the old, the incessant war?) You degradations, you tussle with passions and appetites, You smarts from dissatisfied friendships, (ah wounds the sharpest of all!) You toil of painful and choked articulations, you meannesses, You shallow tongue-talks at tables, (my tongue the shallowest of…  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: her comments were degrading
as in: degraded the quality
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