deg·ra·da·tion /ˌdɛgrəˈdeɪʃən/ noun plural deg·ra·da·tions
somewhat formal 1 :
the act or process of damaging or ruining something [noncount
] ▪ degradation of the environment
] ▪ There has been a slight degradation [=decline] in the car's performance.
the act of treating someone or something poorly and without respect [noncount
] ▪ the degradation of women ▪ He was forced to live a life of degradation. [=a life in which he suffered and was treated very poorly]
] ▪ He was forced to suffer the degradations [=indignities] of poverty and abuse.