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Antonyms for degrade
dɪˈgreɪd or, for 3 , di-

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. degrade

    Abase refers only to outward conditions. "Exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high." Ezek. xxi, 26. Debase applies to quality or character. The coinage is debased by excess of alloy, the man by vice. Humble in present use refers chiefly to feeling of heart; humiliate to outward conditions; even when one is said to humble himself, he either has or affects to have humility of heart. To disgrace may be to bring or inflict odium upon others, but the word is chiefly and increasingly applied to such moral odium as one by his own acts brings upon himself; the noun disgrace retains more of the passive sense than the verb; he disgraced himself by his conduct; he brought disgrace upon his family. To dishonor a person is to deprive him of honor that should or might be given. To discredit one is to injure his reputation, as for veracity or solvency. A sense of unworthiness humbles; a shameful insult humiliates; imprisonment for crime disgraces. Degrade may refer to either station or character. An officer is degraded by being reduced to the ranks, disgraced by cowardice; vile practises degrade; drunkenness is a degrading vice. Misfortune or injustice may abase the good; nothing but their own ill-doing can debase or disgrace them.

    Antonyms:
    advance, aggrandize, dignify, elevate, exalt, honor, promote, raise, uplift

    Synonyms:
    abase, bring low, cast down, debase, depress, discredit, disgrace, dishonor, humble, humiliate, lower, reduce, sink

Princeton's WordNet

  1. degradeverb

    reduce the level of land, as by erosion

    Antonyms:
    aggrade

    Synonyms:
    cheapen, put down, take down, disgrace, demean

  2. take down, degrade, disgrace, demean, put downverb

    reduce in worth or character, usually verbally

    "She tends to put down younger women colleagues"; "His critics took him down after the lecture"

    Antonyms:
    aggrade

    Synonyms:
    unload, land, write down, repose, bring down, cheapen, dishonour, pull down, raze, drop off, disgrace, lower, discredit, take down, dismantle, get down, place down, demean, shame, record, lay, tear down, let down, level, set down, put down, attaint, dishonor, drop, enter, discharge, destroy, rase, note

  3. degrade, cheapenverb

    lower the grade of something; reduce its worth

    Antonyms:
    aggrade

    Synonyms:
    cheapen, put down, take down, disgrace, demean

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. degradeverb

    Synonyms:
    abase, debase, disgrace, pervert, humiliate, dishonor

How to use degrade in a sentence?

  1. Ohio Gov. John Kasich:

    I would have a coalition of countries, including us, on the ground, beginning to degrade and destroy ISIS. Because as you begin to do it, that whole caliphate begins to fall apart in my judgment.

  2. Abigail Adams:

    History is not a web woven with innocent hands. Among all the causes which degrade and demoralize men, power is the most constant and most active.

  3. The Pentagon report:

    China could use missile attacks and precision air strikes against air defense systems, including air bases, radar sites, missiles, space assets, and communications facilities to degrade Taiwan's defenses, neutralize Taiwan's leadership, or break the Taiwan people's resolve.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    ISIL is the face of evil, our goal, as I've said many times, is to degrade and ultimately destroy this barbaric terrorist organization.

  5. State John Kerry:

    President Obama, at the very beginning, said we're going to degrade and defeat ISIL. We're going to stabilize the countries in the region -- Jordan, Lebanon, work with Turkey -- and we are going to seek a political settlement, that is exactly the strategy today and it is working -- to a degree -- not as fast as we would like, perhaps, but we are making gains.

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