Degenerate is defined as a person who is immoral, corrupt or sexually perverted.(noun)
An example of a degenerate is a thief.
The definition of degenerate is someone or something that has lost their former good character or morality.(adjective)
An example of something that would be described as degenerate is an immoral society.
See degenerate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L degeneratus, pp. of degenerare, to become unlike one's race, degenerate < degener, not genuine, base < de-, from + genus, race: see genus
See degenerate in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Latin dēgenerātus
Origin: , past participle of dēgenerāre, to depart from one's own kind, deteriorate
Origin: : dē-, de-
Origin: + genus, gener-, race; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
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