What does degenerate mean?

Definitions for degenerate
dɪˈdʒɛn əˌreɪt; -ər ɪtde·gen·er·ate

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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"

GCIDE

  1. degenerate(n.)

    a person who has declined from a high standard, especially a sexual deviate; -- usually used disparagingly or opprobriously of persons whose sexual behavior does not conform to the norms of accepted morals.

  2. degenerate(n.)

    a person or thing that has fallen from a higher to a lower state, or reverted to an earlier type or stage of development or culture. RHUD

Wiktionary

  1. degenerate(Noun)

    One is degenerate, who has fallen from previous stature.

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

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

  2. degenerate(Verb)

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

    His condition continued to degenerate even after admission to hospital.

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

  3. degenerate(Adjective)

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

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

  4. degenerate(Adjective)

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

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

  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.

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

  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.

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

  7. degenerate(Adjective)

    Having the same quantum energy level

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Degenerate(verb)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Degenerate

    de-jen′ėr-āt, adj. having departed from the high qualities of race or kind: become base—also Degen′erous (obs.).—v.i. to fall from a nobler state: to be or to grow worse.—v.i. Degen′der (Spens.), to degenerate.—ns. Degen′eracy, Degenerā′tion, the act or process of becoming degenerate: the state of being degenerate.—adv. Degen′erately.—n. Degen′erateness.—adj. Degen′erating.—n. Degenerā′tionist, one who believes that the tendency of man is not to improve, but to degenerate.—adj. Degen′erative, tending or causing to degenerate. [L. degenerāre, -ātum, to depart from its kind—de, from, down, genus, genĕris, kind.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of degenerate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of degenerate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of degenerate in a Sentence

  1. Hamadou Saley:

    We can protest peacefully to show our disapproval but things can only degenerate if authorities unjustly employ brutal force.

  2. Theodore Roosevelt:

    I am delighted to have you play football. I believe in rough, manly sports. But I do not believe in them if they degenerate into the sole end of any one's existence. I don't want you to sacrifice standing well in your studies to any over-athleticism and I need not tell you that character counts for a great deal more than either intellect or body in winning success in life. Athletic proficiency is a mighty good servant, and like so many other good servants, a mighty bad master.

  3. Václav Havel:

    Human beings are compelled to live within a lie, but they can be compelled to do so only because they are in fact capable of living in this way. Therefore not only does the system alienate humanity, but at the same time alienated humanity supports this system as its own involuntary master plan, as a degenerate image of its own degeneration, as a record of people's own failure as individuals.

  4. Baron de la Brede et de Montesquieu:

    It is not the young people that degenerate they are not spoiled till those of mature age are already sunk into corruption.

  5. Vaclav Havel:

    Human beings are compelled to live within a lie, but they can be compelled to do so only because they are in fact capable of living in this way. Therefore not only does the system alienate humanity, but at the same time alienated humanity supports this system as its own involuntary masterplan, as a degenerate image of its own degeneration, as a record of people's own failure as individuals.

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Translations for degenerate

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  • منحطArabic
  • 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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