Degenerate meaning

dĭ-jĕnər-ĭt
Degenerate is defined as a person who is immoral, corrupt or sexually perverted.

An example of a degenerate is a thief.

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A degenerate person, esp. one who is morally depraved or sexually perverted.
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The definition of degenerate is someone or something that has lost their former good character or morality.

An example of something that would be described as degenerate is an immoral society.

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To undergo degeneration; deteriorate.
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(intransitive) To lose good or desirable qualities.

His condition continued to degenerate even after admission to hospital.

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Having declined, as in function or nature, from a former or original state.

A degenerate form of an ancient folk art.

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To undergo degeneration.
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(mathematics) A degenerate case is a limiting case in which a class of object changes its nature so as to belong to another, usually simpler, class.
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(physics) Having the same quantum energy level.
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One is degenerate, who has fallen from previous stature.

You are a degenerate, boy. You're a disgrace to your ancestors.

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Morally corrupt or given to vice.
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Relating to two or more quantum states that share the same quantum numbers.

Degenerate energy levels.

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Characterized by great density and consisting of atoms stripped of electrons.

Degenerate matter.

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Characterized by degeneration, as of tissue, a cell, or an organ.
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Having lost one or more highly developed functions, characteristics, or structures through evolution.

A degenerate life form.

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Relating to or being a gene that has multiple codons for the same amino acid.
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A depraved or corrupt person.
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To fall below a normal or desirable state, especially functionally or morally; deteriorate.

Old water pipes that are degenerating with age; a dispute that degenerated into a brawl.

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To decline in quality.

The quality of his writing degenerated as he continued to drink.

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Morally corrupt; depraved.
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To lose former normal or higher qualities.
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To decline or become debased morally, culturally, etc.
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Having lost one or more highly developed functions, characteristics, or structures through evolution.

A degenerate life form.

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Relating to or being a gene that has multiple codons for the same amino acid.
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To undergo degeneration.
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(of qualities) Having deteriorated, degraded or fallen from normal, coherent, balanced and desirable to undesirable and typically abnormal.
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(of a human or system) Having lost good or desirable qualities.
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(of an encoding or function) Having multiple domain elements correspond to one element of the range.

The genetic code is degenerate because a single amino acid can be coded by one of several codons.

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Having sunk below a former or normal condition, character, etc.; deteriorated.
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Characterized by degeneration, as of tissue, a cell, or an organ.
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Origin of degenerate

  • Latin dēgenerātus past participle of dēgenerāre to depart from one's own kind, deteriorate dē- de- genus gener- race genə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin degeneratus, past participle of degenerare (“to degenerate”), from degener (“ignoble”), from de (“from, down”) + genus (“race, kind”); see genus, general.

    From Wiktionary