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degrade
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degrade
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Emma
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  • —It would be a degradation.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • A degradation to illegitimacy and ignorance, to be married to a respectable, intelligent gentleman-farmer!  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Its tendency would be to raise and refine her mind—and it must be saving her from the danger of degradation.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • If it would be good to her, I am sure it would be evil to himself; a very shameful and degrading connexion.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • She had led her friend astray, and it would be a reproach to her for ever; but her judgment was as strong as her feelings, and as strong as it had ever been before, in reprobating any such alliance for him, as most unequal and degrading.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • There can be no doubt of your being a gentleman's daughter, and you must support your claim to that station by every thing within your own power, or there will be plenty of people who would take pleasure in degrading you.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …without a reproof to him, which would be giving pain to his wife; and she found herself therefore obliged to consent to an arrangement which she would have done a great deal to avoid; an arrangement which would probably expose her even to the degradation of being said to be of Mrs. Elton's party! Every feeling was offended; and the forbearance of her outward submission left a heavy arrear due of secret severity in her reflections on the unmanageable goodwill of Mr. Weston's temper.  (not reviewed by editor)

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