Definitions for degeneratedɪˈdʒɛn əˌreɪt; -ər ɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pervert, deviant, deviate, degenerate(adj)

    a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior

  2. debauched, degenerate, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, libertine, profligate, riotous, fast(verb)

    unrestrained by convention or morality

    "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"; "deplorably dissipated and degraded"; "riotous living"; "fast women"

  3. devolve, deteriorate, drop, degenerate(verb)

    grow worse

    "Her condition deteriorated"; "Conditions in the slums degenerated"; "The discussion devolved into a shouting match"


  1. degenerate(Noun)

    One is degenerate, who has fallen from previous stature.

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

  2. degenerate(Verb)

    (of humans or systems) to lose good or desirable qualities;

    His condition continued to degenerate even after admission to hospital.

  3. degenerate(Adjective)

    (of qualities) having deteriorated, degraded or fallen from normal, coherent, balanced and desirable to an undesirable and typically abnormal

  4. degenerate(Adjective)

    (of a human or system) having lost good or desirable qualities

  5. degenerate(Adjective)

    (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.

  6. degenerate(Adjective)

    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.

  7. degenerate(Adjective)

    Having the same quantum energy level

  8. Origin: From degeneratus, past participle of degenerare, from degener, from de + genus; see genus, general.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Degenerate(adj)

    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

  2. Degenerate(verb)

    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

  3. Degenerate(verb)

    to fall off from the normal quality or the healthy structure of its kind; to become of a lower type

Translations for degenerate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • израждам се, дегенерирал, дегенерирам, изроденBulgarian
  • entartenGerman
  • degeneroitua, degeneroidaFinnish
  • dégénérerFrench
  • meathlaighIrish
  • rach bhuaitheScottish Gaelic
  • מנווןHebrew
  • elfajultHungarian
  • degenerarIdo
  • degenerareItalian
  • pūwhenua, tauheke, pouāwai, tipuhekeMāori
  • degenerat, degenerować sięPolish
  • degenerat, degenera, degradat, degradaRomanian
  • выродившийся, испорченный, вырождаться, дегенерат, опустившийся, ухудшившийся, вырожденный, дегенерировать, выродокRussian

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