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degrade -- as in: her comments were degrading
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as in: her comments were degrading Define
reducing human dignity
  • She felt degraded by the way he delivered the criticism.
  • No, sir—nothing shall ever induce me to degrade this honorable estate to such pitiful conditions
    Cooper, James Fenimore  --  Autobiography of a Pocket-Handkerchief
  • Our proclivity to details cannot quite degrade our life and divest it of poetry.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, Second Series
  • We degrade God when we attribute our own ideas to Him, out of annoyance that we cannot fathom His ways.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  The Idiot

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  • War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
    John Stuart Mill
  • I felt so degraded; I cried like a baby.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • I felt so degraded as I stripped in front of the counselor during my in-processing, spread my butt cheeks before I showered, then put on the stale-smelling "county clothes."
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • Suddenly I could stomach no more of this degradation—not of myself but of all men who were black like me.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • I would permit no man ... to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • was a source of pride to her that I had not degraded myself, like most of the slaves.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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  • "Disgraceful, degrading, disgusting," she said.
    David Almond  --  Clay
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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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