Meaning of DEGENERATE in English


n. 25B6; adjective

a degenerate form of classicism : DEBASED, degraded, corrupt, impure; formal vitiated.

her degenerate brother : CORRUPT, decadent, dissolute, dissipated, debauched, reprobate, profligate; sinful, ungodly, immoral, unprincipled, amoral, dishonourable, disreputable, unsavoury, sordid, low, ignoble.

pure, moral.

25B6; noun a group of degenerates : REPROBATE, debauchee, profligate, libertine, roué, loose-liver.

25B6; verb

their quality of life had degenerated : DETERIORATE, decline, slip, slide, worsen, lapse, slump, go downhill, regress, retrogress; go to rack and ruin; informal go to pot, go to the dogs, hit the skids, go down the toilet.

the muscles started to degenerate : WASTE (AWAY), atrophy, weaken.


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