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TO DEGRADE, DEGRADING. To, sink or lower a person in the estimation of the public.
     2. As a man's character is of great importance to him, and it is his interest to retain the good opinion of all mankind, when he is a witness, he cannot be compelled to disclose any matter which would tend to disgrace or degrade him, 13 How. St. Tr. 17, 334, 16 How. St. Tr. 161. A question having that tendency, however, may be asked, and, in such case, when the witness chooses to answer it, the answer is conclusive. 1 Phil. Ev. 269; R. & M. 383.

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He had listened till he heard Catherine say it would degrade her to marry him, and then he stayed to hear no further.
No, sir--nothing shall ever induce me to degrade this honorable estate to such pitiful conditions
Augusta (replied the noble Youth) I thought you had a better opinion of me, than to imagine I would so abjectly degrade myself as to consider my Father's Concurrence in any of my affairs, either of Consequence or concern to me.
If one has a quarrel it ought to elevate rather than to degrade one.
The old chieftain repaired to his friend, M'Dougal, with indignation flaming in his countenance, and bitterly reproached him for having permitted his son to degrade himself into a beast, and to render himself an object of scorn and laughter to his slave.
Your transaction with Robert Chiltern may pass as a loathsome commercial transaction of a loathsome commercial age; but you seem to have forgotten that you came here to- night to talk of love, you whose lips desecrated the word love, you to whom the thing is a book closely sealed, went this afternoon to the house of one of the most noble and gentle women in the world to degrade her husband in her eyes, to try and kill her love for him, to put poison in her heart, and bitterness in her life, to break her idol, and, it may be, spoil her soul.
its tendency is to degrade rather than to elevate the Soul.
But if so, why do you degrade yourself to serve this dirty foreigner, when you at least saw the last of a genuine national gentry?
How many an innocent girl do they not degrade into an evil-minded woman?
Tis the trick of nature thus to degrade to-day; a good deal of buzz, and somewhere a result slipped magically in.
We degrade God when we attribute our own ideas to Him, out of annoyance that we cannot fathom His ways.
Douglass straightened himself up on the box upon which he was sitting, and replied: "They cannot degrade Frederick Douglass.