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The Fountainhead
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  • She stressed the contrast, because it degraded her.
  • That was the degradation she had wanted and she hated him for it.

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  • The degradation was that he could not think of those nights behind him, he could not think of the building that should have risen in Astoria and of the building that would now take its place; it was that he thought only of the bill unpaid to the electric company….
  • So much better than to see it growing old and soot-stained, degraded by the family photographs, the dirty socks, the cocktail shakers and the grapefruit rinds of its inhabitants.
  • The other one is that they know you’re degrading yourself by needing them, you’re coming down off a pinnacle—every loneliness is a pinnacle—and they’re delighted to drag you down through their friendship.
  • He degrades the dignity of man and he degrades the conception of love.
  • He degrades the dignity of man and he degrades the conception of love.
  • He thought that this was not right; that man’s work should be a higher step, an improvement on nature, not a degradation.
  • And only within my own mind, only where nothing can touch it, kept sacred by the protecting wall of my own degradation, there will be the thought of you and the knowledge of you, and I shall say ’Howard Roark to myself once in a while, and I shall feel that I have deserved to say it.
  • She thought that every word he said today had been of her language, that this offer and the form he gave it were of her own world—and that he had destroyed his purpose by it, taken away from her the motive he suggested, made it impossible to seek degradation with a man who spoke as he did.

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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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