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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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Read what different women have to say about this Sheena writes about 'Making my Body Mine', Taimi ponders on the 'Hair Issue' and Elizabeth Khaxas reports on research done in the Caprivi with horrific findings of cultural female mutilation and customs that degradingly violate women's bodies.
Some newspapers are even acting like the devil's advocates to draw people's sympathy for the accused war criminal - as to how degradingly he was brought into the courtroom.
However, as a matter of history, stating that the SPLM/A has hitherto marginalised and humiliated the Ruweng community is, in our opinion, another understatement on our part, since we are a community that has degradingly suffered untold mistreatment in the hands of the SPLM/A, our disproportionate contributions in the liberation notwithstanding.
Islam" and "China" both feel the iron grip of imperial and colonial history degradingly around their throats.
Do not offer Sadaqah in a degradingly manner, but with grace and honour.
Evidently in the case of Omar and many other detainess they have been cruelly, inhumanely and degradingly treated but they have also been tortured to the point, in some cases.
degradingly poor" (MD 135), and proud of not being rich, Kilman sees not with private but with class eyes, initiating intra-subjective exchanges which posit their participants as not private but social selves: she "made one feel so small" (MD 143).
The work of which he talks of so degradingly is one of many run by an organisation whose volunteers, for 57 years, have taken care of and "entertain[ed]", as he says, thousands of children across the UK, Ireland and Europe.
In a degradingly prurient exercise the quivering couple were forced to stand naked behind a silhouette screen while Trinny and Susannah peered at them like a pair of nasty voyeurs.
If there was a "political need for a real aboriginal, or first, inhabitant of the land" (Swart 2003: 96), the baboon's aboriginality not only undercuts Bushman claims to the land, but also degradingly reconceptualises the Bushman's near-genocide as a merely environmental problem.
After all, anyone who wants to see someone contort themselves degradingly need only visit Abu Ghraib prison.