Degenerate

Definition of Degenerate

De`gen´er`ate
a.1.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.
Faint-hearted and degenerate king.
- Shak.
A degenerate and degraded state.
- Milton.
Degenerate from their ancient blood.
- Swift.
These degenerate days.
- Pope.
I had planted thee a noble vine . . . : how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?
- Jer. ii. 21.
v. i.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Degenerated; p. pr. & vb. n. Degenerating.]
When wit transgresseth decency, it degenerates into insolence and impiety.
- Tillotson.
2.(Biol.) To fall off from the normal quality or the healthy structure of its kind; to become of a lower type.
n.1.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.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.

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