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) ]
Concise Oxford English dictionary. Краткий оксфордский словарь английского языка. 2012