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degrade
used in Black Like Me

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1  —1 use as in:
her comments were degrading
Definition
reducing human dignity
  • Suddenly I could stomach no more of this degradation—not of myself but of all men who were black like me.
degradation = reduction of human dignity

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
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  • Where he has been degraded elsewhere by unjust men of both races, here he is resisting degradation.
  • I could not shake the almost desperate sadness all this evoked, and I marveled that sounds could so degrade the spirit.
  • Such men are offended to find Negroes suspicious of them, never realizing that the Negro cannot understand how—since as individuals they are decent and "good" to the colored—the whites as a group can still contrive to arrange life so that it destroys the Negro's sense of personal value, degrades his human dignity, deadens the fibers of his being.
  • I said, determined to see if he would not offer me the use of the dilapidated outhouse, which certainly no human could degrade any more than time and the elements had.
  • They are willing to degrade themselves to their basest levels to prevent the traditional laborer from rising in status or, to put it bluntly, from "winning," even though what he wins has been rightfully his from the moment he was born into the human race.
  • Where he has been degraded elsewhere by unjust men of both races, here he is resisting degradation.
  • The driver had mastered one of the techniques of degrading the Negro.

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