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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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Extensive judicial investigations led to the uncovering of a culture of corruption in government which Italians degradingly called tangentopoli (bribesville).
Asked by Paul, the main character in Road to Nowhere, what distinguishes old Russia from the Soviets, Father Seraphim states shortly: "They differ in everything" (RTN 87), adding that "The 'Russian soul' personified the spirit of revolt; the 'Soviet soul' is degradingly servile" (RTN 88).
Even prior to the melodramatic turning points in each novel--prior to Angel's abandonment of his young wife to inevitable ruin; prior to Giles's mistaken decision to renounce all hope of winning Grace's hand and his suicidal self-sacrifice later on; prior to the vulgar Casterbridge procession that exposes Lucetta so degradingly; prior to Boldwood's growing insanity in his imagined position as Bathsheba's lover--even prior to all these disasters, it is the decision to communicate through writing that betrays a position of inferiority and vulnerability.
The Uniats tried to "take advantage of the peace and quietness to which they never hoped, and degradingly, went up to knock on villager's doors to summon them in church, where the scandal was prepared and ready for filming, and who stealthily broke into the church, fraudulently entering a holy place with the bailiff and gendarmes who have exceeded the attributions of their duty and which, led by their chief who became, overnight, a spokesman and advocate fot the cause of the united diocese of Oradea" (17).
or degradingly treat persons, [the U.S.] violates its international law
What is certain, is, at the seminal Congress on Healthy Public Housing of 1950, the professed target group was widened to include the whole urban population of Indonesia and the ideal standard for public housing was raised to the middle-class type of dwelling, in contrast to the degradingly small houses from colonial times.
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...