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Meaning of DEGENERACY

Pronunciation:  di'jenurusee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles; "the luxury and corruption among the upper classes"; "moral degeneracy followed intellectual degeneration"; "its brothels; its opium parlors; its depravity"
  2. [n]  the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities
 

DEGENERACY is a 10 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: corruption, decadence, decadency, degeneration, depravity
 
 See Also: abasement, abjection, degradation, immorality

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\De*gen"er*a*cy\, n. [From {Degenerate}, a.]
1. The act of becoming degenerate; a growing worse.

         Willful degeneracy from goodness.     --Tillotson.

2. The state of having become degenerate; decline in good
   qualities; deterioration; meanness.

         Degeneracy of spirit in a state of slavery.
                                               --Addison.

         To recover mankind out of their universal corruption
         and degeneracy.                       --S. Clarke.

 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: In relation to the genetic code, the fact that more than one codon can code for the same amino acid.
 

 

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