Usage examples for degeneracy

  1. " Perhaps they had, a couple of centuries ago, when the Puritan hallucination was still strong, a certain fierce savor of religious intolerance; but now that that has died out, and no material prosperity has come to let them share in the larger life of their century, there is a flatness, a mean absence of warmth or color, a deadness to all emotions but the pettiest sorts-" I pushed the pitcher nearer him, clinking the ice invitingly, and directed his attention to our iris- bed as a more cheerful object of contemplation than the degeneracy of the inhabitants of Vermont. – Hillsboro People by Dorothy Canfield
  2. On the other hand there was degeneracy that could not be denied. – The Promise of Air by Algernon Blackwood
  3. It must be admitted also that female degeneracy kept pace with the increase of woman's influence in the political world. – Roman Women Woman: In All Ages and in All Countries, Volume 2 (of 10) by Alfred Brittain
  4. Once we believed that inherent moral degeneracy sent a twelve- year- old girl to the courts. – The Girl and Her Religion by Margaret Slattery
  5. Here in the United States it had its humble beginnings; here it expanded and flourished for many years; from here it was exported to Great Britain, where it established itself for many seasons; from here it has made sporadic excursions into France and into Germany; and here at last it has fallen into a decline and a degeneracy and a decay which seem to doom it to a speedy extinction. – A Book About the Theater by Brander Matthews
  6. Beside him Doctor Bridges was a spectacle of physical degeneracy while Guy Little became a grotesque dwarf. – Man to Man by Jackson Gregory
  7. Monsieur de Buffon makes this hypothesis one of the two pillars whereon he builds his system of the degeneracy of animals in America. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  8. Christianity certainly is the most advanced civilization that man ever attained to, and wherever propagated in its purity, to be effective, law and government must be brought in harmony with it- otherwise it becomes corrupted, and a corresponding degeneracy ensues, placing its votaries even in a worse condition than the primitive. – Official Report of the Niger Valley Exploring Party by Martin Robinson Delany
  9. I will beg leave to say here a few words on the general question of the degeneracy of animals in America. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  10. And yet, with all his degeneracy, the French trapper retains a something of his old traditions. – The Story of the Trapper by A. C. Laut
  11. It is the fashion nowadays to harp upon the degeneracy of humanity; to insist that taste is corrupted, and that the faculty of appreciation is dead. – The Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac by Eugene Field
  12. Besides, is there anything that makes more directly for degeneracy of character than such evasion? – Love's Final Victory by Horatio
  13. And this has hindered me from drawing at full length, and in the most striking colors, this shocking picture of the degeneracy and wretchedness of human nature, in that part which is vulgarly thought its happiest and most amiable state. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  14. Degeneracy is the critical history of the Arts. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  15. Is it, said he, as soon as he sat down, the rage for novelty, or a real degeneracy of taste, that we now so seldom hear of a poet, who, when I was a boy, was the admiration of every man who had a relish for true genius? – Coelebs In Search of a Wife by Hannah More
  16. There are a number of practical and worthy men engaged in improving the different kinds of live stock, and preventing the degeneracy to which we refer. – The American Reformed Cattle Doctor by George Dadd
  17. They discoursed to her of the degeneracy of the manners, nay, the morals of young Englishwomen, once patterns! – One of Our Conquerors, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  18. Sordello, in pointing them out, takes occasion to enlarge on the degeneracy of their sons, making a special exception in favour of Edward, son of Henry. – Dante: His Times and His Work by Arthur John Butler