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 for degrade
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Degrade \De*grade"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Degraded; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Degrading.] [F. d['e]grader, LL. degradare, fr. L.
     de- + gradus step, degree. See Grade, and cf. Degree.]
     1. To reduce from a higher to a lower rank or degree; to
        lower in rank; to deprive of office or dignity; to strip
        of honors; as, to degrade a nobleman, or a general
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              Prynne was sentenced by the Star Chamber Court to be
              degraded from the bar.                --Palfrey.
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     2. To reduce in estimation, character, or reputation; to
        lessen the value of; to lower the physical, moral, or
        intellectual character of; to debase; to bring shame or
        contempt upon; to disgrace; as, vice degrades a man.
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              O miserable mankind, to what fall
              Degraded, to what wretched state reserved! --Milton.
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              Yet time ennobles or degrades each line. --Pope.
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              Her pride . . . struggled hard against this
              degrading passion.                    --Macaulay.
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     3. (Geol.) To reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and
        mountains; to wear down.
     Syn: To abase; demean; lower; reduce. See Abase.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Degrade \De*grade"\, v. i. (Biol.)
     To degenerate; to pass from a higher to a lower type of
     structure; as, a family of plants or animals degrades through
     this or that genus or group of genera.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: reduce the level of land, as by erosion [ant: aggrade]
      2: reduce in worth or character, usually verbally; "She tends to
         put down younger women colleagues"; "His critics took him
         down after the lecture" [syn: take down, degrade,
         disgrace, demean, put down]
      3: lower the grade of something; reduce its worth [syn:
         degrade, cheapen]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  143 Moby Thesaurus words for "degrade":
     abase, abash, adulterate, alloy, belittle, boot, bounce, break,
     bring down, bring into discredit, bring low, bring shame upon,
     bump, bust, can, canker, cashier, cast down, cast reproach upon,
     cheapen, coarsen, confound, contaminate, corrupt, crush, cry down,
     debase, debauch, decry, defile, deflower, defrock, degenerate,
     demean, demerit, demote, denature, deplume, depose, deprave,
     deprecate, depreciate, deprive, derogate, derogate from, desecrate,
     despoil, detract, detract from, devalue, dilute, diminish,
     disapprove of, disbar, discharge, discredit, disemploy,
     disenfranchise, disfranchise, disgrace, disgrade, dishonor,
     dismiss, disparage, displace, displume, distort, downgrade,
     drum out, dump, dump on, expel, fire, furlough, give the ax,
     give the gate, hold in contempt, humble, humiliate,
     impute shame to, infect, kick, kick upstairs, knock, lay off,
     lessen, let go, let out, lower, make little of, make redundant,
     minimize, misuse, mortify, pension off, pervert, pillory, poison,
     pollute, prostitute, put down, put to shame, ravage, ravish,
     read out of, reduce, reflect discredit upon, release, remove,
     replace, reproach, retire, rule out, run down, sack,
     separate forcibly, set down, shame, sink, slight, speak ill of,
     strip, strip of rank, submit to indignity, superannuate, surplus,
     suspend, taint, take down, thin, trip up, turn off, turn out,
     twist, ulcerate, unfrock, unseat, violate, vitiate, vulgarize,
     warp, water down, weaken

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