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de·gen·er·ate

 (dĭ-jĕn′ər-ĭt)
adj.
1. Having declined, as in function or nature, from a former or original state: a degenerate form of an ancient folk art.
2. Morally corrupt or given to vice.
3. Physics Relating to two or more quantum states that share the same quantum numbers: degenerate energy levels.
4. Physics Characterized by great density and consisting of atoms stripped of electrons: degenerate matter.
5. Medicine Characterized by degeneration, as of tissue, a cell, or an organ.
6. Biology Having lost one or more highly developed functions, characteristics, or structures through evolution: a degenerate life form.
7. Genetics Relating to or being a gene that has multiple codons for the same amino acid.
n.
A depraved or corrupt person.
intr.v. (-ə-rāt′) de·gen·er·at·ed, de·gen·er·at·ing, de·gen·er·ates
1. 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.
2. To decline in quality: The quality of his writing degenerated as he continued to drink.
3. To undergo degeneration.

[Latin dēgenerātus, past participle of dēgenerāre, to depart from one's own kind, deteriorate : dē-, de- + genus, gener-, race; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

de·gen′er·ate·ly adv.
de·gen′er·ate·ness n.
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degenerate

vb (intr)
1. to become degenerate
2. (Biology) biology (of organisms or their parts) to become less specialized or functionally useless
adj
3. having declined or deteriorated to a lower mental, moral, or physical level; debased; degraded; corrupt
4. (General Physics) physics
a. (of the constituents of a system) having the same energy but different wave functions
b. (of a semiconductor) containing a similar number of electrons in the conduction band to the number of electrons in the conduction band of metals
c. (of a resonant device) having two or more modes of equal frequency
5. (Communications & Information) (of a code) containing symbols that represent more than one letter, figure, etc
6. (Botany) (of a plant or animal) having undergone degeneration
n
a degenerate person
[C15: from Latin dēgenerāre, from dēgener departing from its kind, ignoble, from de- + genus origin, race]
deˈgenerately adv
deˈgenerateness n
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de•gen•er•ate

(v. dɪˈdʒɛn əˌreɪt; adj., n. -ər ɪt)

v. -at•ed, -at•ing,
adj., n. v.i.
1. to decline in physical, mental, or moral qualities; deteriorate.
2. to diminish in quality; fall from a high or normal standard: The debate degenerated into a brawl.
3. (of an organ or tissue) to lose structure or function.
4. (of a species or any of its traits or structures) to lose function or structural organization in the course of evolution, as the vestigial wings of a flightless bird.
adj.
5. having declined in physical or moral qualities; deteriorated; degraded.
6. having lost the qualities proper to the race or kind: a degenerate vine.
7. characterized by or associated with degeneracy.
8. Physics.
a. (of modes of vibration of a system) having the same frequency.
b. (of quantum states of a system) having equal energy.
n.
9. a person who has declined, esp. in morals, from a type considered standard.
10. a person or thing that reverts to an earlier stage of culture, development, or evolution.
11. a sexual deviate.
[1485–95; < Latin dēgenerātus, past participle of dēgenerāre to decline from an ancestral standard; see generate]
de•gen′er•ate•ly, adv.
de•gen′er•ate•ness, n.
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degenerate


Past participle: degenerated
Gerund: degenerating

Imperative
degenerate
degenerate
Present
I degenerate
you degenerate
he/she/it degenerates
we degenerate
you degenerate
they degenerate
Preterite
I degenerated
you degenerated
he/she/it degenerated
we degenerated
you degenerated
they degenerated
Present Continuous
I am degenerating
you are degenerating
he/she/it is degenerating
we are degenerating
you are degenerating
they are degenerating
Present Perfect
I have degenerated
you have degenerated
he/she/it has degenerated
we have degenerated
you have degenerated
they have degenerated
Past Continuous
I was degenerating
you were degenerating
he/she/it was degenerating
we were degenerating
you were degenerating
they were degenerating
Past Perfect
I had degenerated
you had degenerated
he/she/it had degenerated
we had degenerated
you had degenerated
they had degenerated
Future
I will degenerate
you will degenerate
he/she/it will degenerate
we will degenerate
you will degenerate
they will degenerate
Future Perfect
I will have degenerated
you will have degenerated
he/she/it will have degenerated
we will have degenerated
you will have degenerated
they will have degenerated
Future Continuous
I will be degenerating
you will be degenerating
he/she/it will be degenerating
we will be degenerating
you will be degenerating
they will be degenerating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been degenerating
you have been degenerating
he/she/it has been degenerating
we have been degenerating
you have been degenerating
they have been degenerating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been degenerating
you will have been degenerating
he/she/it will have been degenerating
we will have been degenerating
you will have been degenerating
they will have been degenerating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been degenerating
you had been degenerating
he/she/it had been degenerating
we had been degenerating
you had been degenerating
they had been degenerating
Conditional
I would degenerate
you would degenerate
he/she/it would degenerate
we would degenerate
you would degenerate
they would degenerate
Past Conditional
I would have degenerated
you would have degenerated
he/she/it would have degenerated
we would have degenerated
you would have degenerated
they would have degenerated
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.degenerate - a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behaviordegenerate - a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
fetishist - one who engages in fetishism (especially of a sexual nature)
nympho, nymphomaniac - a woman with abnormal sexual desires
child molester, paederast - a man who has sex (usually sodomy) with a boy as the passive partner
miscreant, reprobate - a person without moral scruples
lech, lecher, letch, satyr - man with strong sexual desires
sodomist - someone who engages in anal copulation (especially a male who engages in anal copulation with another male)
Verb1.degenerate - grow worse; "Her condition deteriorated"; "Conditions in the slums degenerated"; "The discussion devolved into a shouting match"
fatigue, jade, tire, weary, pall - lose interest or become bored with something or somebody; "I'm so tired of your mother and her complaints about my food"
languish, fade - become feeble; "The prisoner has be languishing for years in the dungeon"
rot, waste - become physically weaker; "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"
decline, worsen - grow worse; "Conditions in the slum worsened"
Adj.1.degenerate - unrestrained by convention or morality; "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"; "deplorably dissipated and degraded"; "riotous living"; "fast women"
immoral - deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong
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degenerate

verb
1. decline, slip, sink, decrease, deteriorate, worsen, rot, decay, lapse, fall off, regress, go to pot, retrogress He degenerated into drug and alcohol abuse.
adjective
1. depraved, base, corrupt, fallen, low, perverted, degraded, degenerated, immoral, decadent, debased, debauched, dissolute, pervy (slang) the degenerate attitudes he found among some of his fellow officers
noun
1. pervert, deviant, profligate, libertine, reprobate, debauchee a degenerate who died from his perverted excesses
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degenerate

adjective
Utterly reprehensible in nature or behavior:
verb
1. To become lower in quality, character, or condition:
Idioms: go bad, go to pot, go to seed , go to the dogs.
2. To lose strength or power:
Informal: fizzle (out).
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Translations
مُنْحَط، فاسِدمُنْحَل، مُنْحَطيَنْحَطُّ
degenerovanýdegenerovaný člověkrostlinazkaženýzvrhnout se
degenereredegenereretdegenereret personforfalden fabrik
degeneráltelfajul
òróast út í, enda íúrkynjaîur, spilltur
degeneruotiišsigimėlisišsigimęsišsigimtipasileidėlis
deģenerātsdeģenerējiesdeģenerētiesizdzimtenisizvirtis
degenerovanýdegenerovaný človekzvrhnúť sa
izpriditi seizprijenec
bozulmakdejenere olmuşyozlaşmakyozlaşmışyozlaşmış/dejenere olmuş kimse/şey

degenerate

A. [dɪˈdʒenərɪt] ADJdegenerado
B. [dɪˈdʒenərɪt] Ndegenerado/a m/f
C. [dɪˈdʒenəreɪt] VIdegenerar (into en) the debate degenerated into a shouting matchel debate degeneró en una discusión a voz en grito
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degenerate

[dɪˈdʒɛnəreɪt]
vi (= get worse) [situation, health] → dégénérer
to degenerate into sth → dégénérer en qch
[dɪˈdʒɛnərət] adj [person] → dégénéré(e)
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degenerate

adjdegeneriert; people, morals alsoentartet
videgenerieren; (people, morals also)entarten; the demonstration degenerated into violencedie Demonstration artete in Gewalttätigkeiten aus
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degenerate

[vb dɪˈdʒɛnəˌreɪt; adj, n dɪˈdʒɛnrɪt]
1. vi to degenerate (into)degenerare (in)
2. adj (person) → degenere; (morals, art) → degenerato/a
3. ndegenerato/a
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degenerate

(diˈdʒenərət) adjective
having become immoral or inferior. the degenerate son of well-respected parents.
noun
a person, plant etc that is degenerate.
(-reit) verb
to become much less good or admirable. The discussion degenerated into insults.
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de·gen·er·ate

a. degenerado-a; anómalo-a.
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References in classic literature ?
Amongst many excellent constitutions this may show how well their government is framed, that although the people are admitted to a share in the administration, the form of it remains unaltered, without any popular insurrections, worth notice, on the one hand, or degenerating into a tyranny on the other.
5) Moreover, in the Cyclic poems epic is clearly degenerating morally -- if the expression may be used.
One thing he did with more sincerity confess to was that living so long in Moscow, a life of nothing but conversation, eating and drinking, he was degenerating. They talked till three o'clock in the morning.