Meaning of DEGENERATE in English


adj., n., & v.


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.

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

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.