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Meaning of DEGENERATE

Pronunciation:  [n]di'jenu`rit, [v]di'jenu`reyt, 'jenehrut

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
  2. [adj]  unrestrained by convention or morality; "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"; "deplorably dissipated and degraded"; "riotous living"; "fast women"
  3. [v]  grow worse; "Her condition deteriorated"
 

DEGENERATE is a 10 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: debauched, degraded, deteriorate, deviant, deviate, dissipated, dissolute, drop, fast, immoral, libertine, pervert, profligate, riotous
 
 Antonyms: convalesce, recover, recuperate
 
 See Also: bugger, child molester, decline, fade, fatigue, fetishist, jade, languish, lecher, masochist, miscreant, nympho, nymphomaniac, paederast, paedophile, pall, pederast, pedophile, reprobate, rot, sadist, sadomasochist, satyr, sod, sodomist, sodomite, tire, waste, weary, worsen

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \De*gen"er*ate\, a. [L. degeneratus, p. p. of
    degenerare to degenerate, cause to degenerate, fr. degener
    base, degenerate, that departs from its race or kind; de- +
    genus race, kind. See {Kin} relationship.]
    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.
    
          Faint-hearted and degenerate king.       --Shak.
    
          A degenerate and degraded state.         --Milton.
    
          Degenerate from their ancient blood.     --Swift.
    
          These degenerate days.                   --Pope.
    
          I had planted thee a noble vine . . . : how then art
          thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine
          unto me?                                 --Jer. ii. 21.
    
    
  2. \De*gen"er*ate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Degenerated};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Degenerating}.]
    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.
    
             When wit transgresseth decency, it degenerates into
             insolence and impiety.                --Tillotson.
    
    2. (Biol.) To fall off from the normal quality or the healthy
       structure of its kind; to become of a lower type.
    
    
 
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