Meaning of DEGENERATE in English


adj., n., & v.

adj. 1 having lost the qualities that are normal and desirable or proper to its kind; fallen from former excellence. 2 Biol. having changed to a lower type.

n. a degenerate person or animal.

v.intr. become degenerate. degeneracy n. degenerately adv.

[ L degeneratus past part. of degenerare (as DE-, genus -eris race) ]

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