Synonyms of degrade
1 demeanDictionary • Pornography degrades women.
demean • Pornography demeans women.
disgrace • These soldiers have disgraced their regiment.
humiliate • His teacher continually humiliates him in maths lessons.
shame • I wouldn't shame my family by trying that.
corrupt • Cruelty depraves and corrupts.
humble • the little car company that humbled the industry giants
discredit • He says his accusers are trying to discredit him.
pervert • He was accused of perverting the nation's youth.
debase • I won't debase myself by answering that question.
dishonour • It would dishonour my family if I didn't wear the veil.
cheapen • Love is a word cheapened by overuse.
2 damageDictionary • the ability to meet human needs without degrading the environment
damage • He damaged the car with a baseball bat.
injure • Too much stress can injure your health.
harm • a warning that the product may harm the environment
mar • A number of problems marred the smooth running of the event.
undermine • This will undermine their chances of success.
weaken • Her opponents believe that her authority has been fatally weakened.
spoil • It is important not to let mistakes spoil your life.
impair • Consumption of alcohol impairs your ability to drive.
3 break downDictionary • This substance degrades rapidly in the soil.
decay • The bodies buried in the fine ash slowly decayed.
degenerate • He degenerated into drug and alcohol abuse.
atrophy • His muscle atrophied, and he was left lame.
4 demoteDictionary • He was degraded to a lower rank.
demote • If managers prove inefficient they should be demoted.
reduce • They wanted the army reduced to a police force.
lower • Don't lower yourself. Don't be the way they are.
downgrade • His superiors downgraded him.
depose • The president was deposed in a coup.
adulterate • The food had been adulterated to increase its weight.
doctor • He had doctored her milk.
thin • Aspirin thins the blood, letting it flow more easily.
weaken • a glass of whisky weakened with soda
dilute • Dilute the syrup well with cooled, boiled water.
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adulterateIf something such as food or drink is adulterated, someone has made its quality worse by adding water or cheaper products to it.
• The food had been adulterated to increase its weight.
atrophyIf a muscle or other part of the body atrophies, it decreases in size or strength, often as a result of an illness.
• His muscle atrophied, and he was left lame.
cheapenIf something cheapens a person or thing, it lowers their reputation or position.
• Love is a word cheapened by overuse.
Thesaurus for degrade from the Collins English Thesaurus
to reduce in worth, character, etc; disgrace; dishonour