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degrade
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Far from the Madding Crowd
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degrade
Used in
Far from the Madding Crowd
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  • That she had never, by look, word, or sign, encouraged a man to approach her—that she had felt herself sufficient to herself, and had in the independence of her girlish heart fancied there was a certain degradation in renouncing the simplicity of a maiden existence to become the humbler half of an indifferent matrimonial whole—were facts now bitterly remembered.  (not reviewed by editor)

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