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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Self-degradation The act of degrading one's self, or the state of being so degraded.
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In literature:

What could he do of a lower kind than self-extermination; what was there less noble, more in keeping with his present degraded position?
"Jude the Obscure" by Thomas Hardy
I don't ask you to do anything degrading to your own self-respect, or anything cruel towards the girl.
"The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins
He was self-repelled, as though he had undergone some degradation or was intrinsically foul.
"Martin Eden" by Jack London
Stella had already begun the process of self-degradation by writing secretly to Winterfield.
"The Black Robe" by Wilkie Collins
I sank into the last depths of self-despair and degradation.
"The Dark Forest" by Hugh Walpole
Now if there be anything certain about the action of alcohol upon the brain, it is that it degrades the quality of the self.
"Woman and Womanhood" by C. W. Saleeby
From the degradation of scenes like these Lambeth was raised to new dignity and self-respect by the primacy of Parker.
"Stray Studies from England and Italy" by John Richard Greene
Losing sight of their own manhood and self-respect, they descend to the most degrading sycophancy.
"How To Behave: A Pocket Manual Of Republican Etiquette, And Guide To Correct Personal Habits" by Samuel R Wells
In humiliation there may be self-pity and that is always degrading.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
Then he wrote a few lines to the superintendent and enclosed his self-degradation.
"A Singer from the Sea" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Oh, the confounding mysteries of self-degrading genius!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 57, No. 352, February 1845" by Various
But I do not think I need tell you, little son, of these self-inflicted humiliations and degradations.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
It had not faltered before the self-degradation of which she had just spoken.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Have you no sphere of self-denial and duty have you no degrading station, nor menial servitude, adapted to my habits?
"The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
The nation seemed prostrated by its' terror, and degraded to the very deepest abyss of shame and self-contempt.
"Sir Jasper Carew His Life and Experience" by Charles James Lever
And why should he be thus self-degraded?
"Ormond, Volume II (of 3)" by Charles Brockden Brown
Remember that thou art a man and do not degrade thyself: this is self-respect.
"Elements of Morals" by Paul Janet
For what is called "sowing wild oats" is nothing more nor less than self-degradation to any young man.
"Successward" by Edward W. Bok
What a self-degrading bit of treachery!
"The Beckoning Hand and Other Stories" by Grant Allen
Yet he submits to self-degradation rather than endure the pain and effort of self-emancipation.
"Doctrine of the Will" by Asa Mahan

In poetry:

His genius and his moral frame
Were thus impaired, and he became
The slave of low desires:
A Man who without self-control
Would seek what the degraded soul
Unworthily admires.
"Ruth" by William Wordsworth

In news:

NEW YORK — Long before reality TV was a twinkle in any program director's eye, Tallulah Bankhead proved that self-degradation was a highly marketable art form.
Self-abnegation — self AB-nee-GAY-shun — the degradation of oneself.

In science:

It should be noted that the absolute astrometric precision of these positions has been degraded since self-calibration has been used.
Global VLBI Observations of Compact Radio Sources in M82
To test the feasibility, we use the the self-consistent distributions of power-law densities with ρ ∝ r−3 in logarithmic potentials (White 1981; Evans et al. 1997) to generate mock datasets of proper motions and projected distances, degraded with the Gaia errors.
Mass estimators in the Gaia era
The interactions produce phase dynamics, which degrades the coherence of the atom laser, and self repulsion which spreads the output beam and limits the possible focussing.
The Theory of Atom Lasers
These two competing pathways will oscillate until conditions become totally self-supporting or thermal degradation stops.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models