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Degree

Extent, measure, or scope of an action, condition, or relation. Legal extent of guilt or Negligence. Title conferred on graduates of school, college, or university. The state or civil condition of a person. The grade or distance one thing may be removed from another; i.e., the distance, or number of removes that separate two persons who are related by consanguinity. Thus, a sibling is in the second degree of kinship but a parent is in the first degree of kinship.

degree

(Academic title), noun academic honor, award, certificate, collegiate distinction, credentials, credit, diploma, distinction, graduation certificate, title, title of honor

degree

(Kinship), noun affiliation, blood relation, blood relationship, cognation, connation, connection, consanguinity, extraction, family connection, family relaaionship, family tie, filiation, line of descent, proximity of blood, relatedness, relationship between persons, ties of blood
Associated concepts: degree of descent, degree of kindred

degree

(Magnitude), noun amount, amplitude, caliber, consequence, dimension, enormity, expanse, extent, greatness, import, importance, intensity, largeness, measurement, might, moment, proportions, range, reach, scope, seriousness, significance, strength, tenor, value, vastness, volume, weight
Associated concepts: degree of care, degree of certainty, degree of crime, degree of disability, degree of offense, deeree of proof, degrees of criminality, highest degree of care, lesser included offenses
Foreign phrases: Quae sunt minoris culpae sunt majoris infamiae.Those things which are less culpable may be more infamous.

degree

(Station), noun classification, echelon, grade, gradus, level of development, manner, mark, ordo, plane, point, position, rank, ranking, relative position, rung, situation, stage, stage of advancement, standing, step, tier
See also: caliber, extent, magnitude, measurement, nuance, prestige, step, utmost

degree

(US) any of the categories into which a crime is divided according to its seriousness, hence murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree etc.

DEGREE, descents. This word is derived from the French degre, which is itself taken from the Latin gradus, and signifies literally, a step in a stairway, or the round of a ladder.
     2. Figuratively applied, and as it is understood in law, it is the distance between those who are allied by blood; it means the relations descending from a common ancestor, from generation to generation, as by so many steps. Hence, according to some Lexicographers, we obtain the word, pedigree (q.v.) Par degrez, by degree, the descent being reckoned par degrez. Minshew. Each generation lengthens the line of descent one degree, for the degrees are only the generations marked in a line by small circles or squares, in which the names of the persons forming it are written. Vide Consanguinity;, Line; and also Ayliffe's Parergon, 209; Toull. Dr. Civ. Frau. liv. 3, t. 1, c. 3, n. 158; Aso & Man. Inst. B. 2, t. 4, c. 3, Sec. 1.

DEGREE, measures. In angular measures, a degree is equal to sixty minutes, or the thirtieth part of a sine. Vide Measure.

DEGREE, persons. By. degree, is understood the state or condition of a person. The ancient English statute of additions, for example, requires that in process, for the better description of a defendant, his state, degree, or mystery, shall be mentioned.

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I began to grow melancholy and restless; continually prying into my mind, to discover which of its poor properties were gone, and what degree of detriment had already accrued to the remainder.
Those who have been accustomed to contemplate the circumstances which produce and constitute national wealth, must be satisfied that there is no common standard or barometer by which the degrees of it can be ascertained.
Different commercial concerns must create different interests, and of course different degrees of political attachment to and connection with different foreign nations.
In an equal degree does the increased variety of parties comprised within the Union, increase this security.
It is with us a Law of Nature that the brain of the Isosceles class shall begin at half a degree, or thirty minutes, and shall increase(if it increases at all) by half a degree in every generation; until the goal of 60 degrees is reached, when the condition of serfdom is quitted, and the freeman enters the class of Regulars.
It could even seek at greater depths that uniform temperature of sea-water, and there brave with impunity the thirty or forty degrees of surface cold.
Substance, again, does not appear to admit of variation of degree.
In pursuit of the sperm whale, we had been cruising on the line some twenty degrees to the westward of the Gallipagos; and all that we had to do, when our course was determined on, was to square in the yards and keep the vessel before the breeze, and then the good ship and the steady gale did the rest between them.
But for the third degree, which is simulation, and false profession; that I hold more culpable, and less politic; except it be in great and rare matters.
In 1855, Brun-Rollet, a native of Savoy, appointed consul for Sardinia in Eastern Soudan, to take the place of Vaudey, who had just died, set out from Karthoum, and, under the name of Yacoub the merchant, trading in gums and ivory, got as far as Belenia, beyond the fourth degree, but had to return in ill-health to Karthoum, where he died in 1857.
In that city the donors seem to feel, in a large degree, that an honour is being conferred upon them in their being permitted to give.
The degree of freedom and inevitability governing the actions of these people is clearly defined for us.