The act or an instance of demoting
A lowering in or deprivation of character or self-esteem
Similarly William of Paris held that degradation deprived a priest of power to consecrate.
After losing his fortune, he became homeless and lived a life of degradation.
Being sent to prison was the final degradation.
The icicles are prison bars on our windows, trapping us, prisoners to this life of sin and degradation...
I am bone-weary of the degradation, of wearing my false coquettish smile, pretending love, until they spill themselves within me.