1. debasement; degeneration; lowering; decline in quality
1. The shrinking of wildlife habitats and the degradation of wildlife can been seen in the fact that nowadays bears can often be spotted eating trash.
2. humiliation; loss of dignity
2. Poverty is a degradation to which no human being should have to be subject.
de (means less)+grad. so when you get less GRADS in your exam. you see humiliation from all sides.