Meaning of DEGENERATE in English
vi to fall off from the normal quality or the healthy structure of its kind; to become of a lower type.
2. degenerate ·adj 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.
3. degenerate ·vi 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.
Webster English vocab. Английский словарь Webster. 2012