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Definitions of degenerate

  1. To be or grow worse than one's kind, or than one was originally; hence, to be inferior; to grow poorer, meaner, or more vicious; to decline in good qualities; to deteriorate. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To be or grow worse; to decline; to become inferior in goodness or quality; deteriorate. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To sink to a lower state; decline in worth. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. To become worse; decline; deteriorate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. To fall from a higher and better physical or moral type; to decay in good qualities; to pass from a good to a bad state. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. To become worse; to decay in good qualities; to decline in virtue. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. A person or organism that has become worse than its kind; a person of low morals. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. Degeneration. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. A deteriorated or degraded individual. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Degenerateness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Degenerately. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. unrestrained by convention or morality; "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"; "deplorably dissipated and degraded"; "riotous living"; "fast women" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. grow worse; "Her condition deteriorated"; "Conditions in the slums degenerated"; "The discussion devolved into a shouting match" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. Having become worse than one's kind, or one's former state; having declined in worth; having lost in goodness; deteriorated; degraded; unworthy; base; low. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Of a low grade of morals; deteriorated; degraded; as, degenerate offspring. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. Having declined in worth; weak; base. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. Deteriorated; degraded. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. That has fallen from a good to a worse state or condition; base; mean; fallen. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for degenerate

  1. When a woman says that she has fallen in love with a man's mind, it is either a vain and ridiculous pretence on her part or the exaggeration of a degenerate being. – Essays of Schopenhauer by Arthur Schopenhauer
  2. His face was red with indignation, his eyes leaping at his degenerate nephew. – Mary Gray by Katharine Tynan
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