[ US /dɪˈdʒɛnɝˌeɪt, dɪˈdʒɛnɝət/ ]
  1. grow worse
    Conditions in the slums degenerated
    Her condition deteriorated
    The discussion devolved into a shouting match
  1. unrestrained by convention or morality
    riotous living
    Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society
    fast women
    deplorably dissipated and degraded
  1. a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
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How To Use degenerate In A Sentence

  • Shanghai Baby is peopled with nimble-witted hedonists. From the point of view of traditional mainstream society, they are moral degenerates and self-serving rebels.
  • Joining the four points in pairs by lines gives six lines; pairing the six lines in three pairs so that each pair passes through all four points yields the three degenerate conies.
  • For him, adultery is considered a degenerate act, yet so is divorce.
  • While this increase or decrease in many instances is a natural fight of nature against the intrusion of opposing elements into the body, it frequently assumes dimensions that are most unpleasant and seriously impair the health, such as catarrhal conditions, all of which are due to poor or degenerated cells of this tissue. Valere Aude Dare to Be Healthy, Or, The Light of Physical Regeneration
  • The "Bath Road," for example, in parts, is as flat and well-formed a surface as one could hope to find, even in France itself, but at times it degenerates into a mere narrow, guttery alley, especially in its passage through some of the The Automobilist Abroad
  • Could you be a more horrible, degenerate monster?
  • The degenerate code could well be a product of such selection, but: a) there’s at least two other competing families of hypotheses for its origin, namely stereochemical and biosynthetic; and b) that code went to fixation a couple billion years ago in most organisms, so I don’t see that it could provide much evidence for neutrality selection in modern organisms. Darwin and neutrality - The Panda's Thumb
  • Degenerate, decadence and emptiness loneliness loss.
  • Why is it difficult to degenerate (breakdown) plastics so it can be harmless to the environment? ortho-nitrophenol is steam volatile while para-nitrophenol is not. what is the reason behind this? en Español Yahoo! Answers: Latest Questions
  • Undue brevity degenerates into mere epigrammatism. Harvard Classics Volume 28 Essays English and American
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