degradation - vocabulary

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degradation - noun

Diminution, as of strength or magnitude; changing to a lower or less respected state.

Note: Degrade is the verb form.
[Former U.S. Sen. David Boren] went on to say that the country's standing in the world has sunk to unprecedented lows and problems such as budget deficits, energy supply and environmental degradation are not being addressed.

—Jeff Franks ”Bloomberg, Moderates Lament State of U.S.” Reuters, January 7, 2008
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