Definitions of degenerate

  1. unrestrained by convention or morality; " Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"; " deplorably dissipated and degraded"; " riotous living"; " fast women"
  2. a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
  3. grow worse; " Her condition deteriorated"; " Conditions in the slums degenerated"; " The discussion devolved into a shouting match"
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. To be or grow worse; to decline; to become inferior in goodness or quality; deteriorate.
  7. Of a low grade of morals; deteriorated; degraded; as, degenerate offspring.
  8. A person or organism that has become worse than its kind; a person of low morals.
  9. Degenerately.
  10. Degeneration.
  11. Having declined in worth; weak; base.
  12. To sink to a lower state; decline in worth.
  13. To become worse; decline; deteriorate.
  14. Deteriorated; degraded.
  15. A deteriorated or degraded individual.
  16. Degenerateness.
  17. Fallen from a good condition into a less excellent or worse; declined in natural or moral worth; base, mean, or corrupt.
  18. To fall from a higher and better physical or moral type; to decay in good qualities; to pass from a good to a bad state.
  19. To become worse; to decay in good qualities; to decline in virtue.
  20. That has fallen from a good to a worse state or condition; base; mean; fallen.

Usage examples for degenerate

  1. When a woman says that she has fallen in love with a man's mind, it is either a vain and ridiculous pretence on her part or the exaggeration of a degenerate being. – Essays of Schopenhauer by Arthur Schopenhauer
  2. His face was red with indignation, his eyes leaping at his degenerate nephew. – Mary Gray by Katharine Tynan
  3. There is therefore no manner of difficulty in accounting for the presence of these corrupt degenerate black Jews, amongst the tribes of Central Africa. – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  4. This would be suffering our compassion to degenerate into weakness. – Twenty-Four Short Sermons On The Doctrine Of Universal Salvation by John Bovee Dods
  5. All the pride and selfishness, so common to all hearts in our degenerate days, were now driven out and replaced by the spirit of self- denial. – Daybreak: A Romance of an Old World by James Cowan
  6. Go to Paris, and let me degenerate! – The Goose Man by Jacob Wassermann
  7. We are told, on the one hand, that the genius is a " degenerate"; on another hand, that he is to be classed with those of " insane" temper; and yet again, that his main characteristic is his readiness to outrage society by performing criminal acts. – The Story of the Mind by James Mark Baldwin
  8. But in the interior of Germany, the peasantry under the increasing oppression of the nobles and a degenerate church, became weaker, more incapable, and coarser; ever more powerfully did the barons lord it over them. – Pictures of German Life in the XVIIIth and XIXth Centuries, Vol. I. by Gustav Freytag
  9. Also they are exceedingly likely to degenerate unless ruled with a firm hand and a wise head. – African Camp Fires by Stewart Edward White
  10. A round of beef, at any rate such a round of beef as this, is seldom seen smoking upon the table in these degenerate times. – Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest by George Borrow
  11. Either the people must change their ideals and become industrious- which is extremely unlikely- or they will degenerate. – African Camp Fires by Stewart Edward White
  12. Indeed, it is the source of the highest morality, of the most valuable virtues, and without war the human race would speedily degenerate. – German Problems and Personalities by Charles Sarolea
  13. " We had neither time nor taste for needle- work when I was young, Hilton, but these are degenerate days," he said, with a twinkle in his eyes. – The League of the Leopard by Harold Bindloss
  14. Why did history degenerate into fable? – Phaedrus by Plato
  15. No such dust is made in these degenerate days. – Love Me Little, Love Me Long by Charles Reade Edition: 10 Language: English
  16. If you had been tutor to this degenerate boy, the worst trouble of my life would not have overtaken me! – Donal Grant by George MacDonald