[But] given my degenerating portability, I'm probably not suitable for live-in-studio-Charles-Rose-TV.
But other states, especially Russia, have had trouble adjusting to a market economy, degenerating into massive kleptocracies.
Our culture, he argued, has been degenerating since the 1960s.
The crowded rooms, the unholy excitement, are degenerating and debasing.
Her walk was degenerating into a waddle; stairs caused her to grunt.
It must also have rational guidance if it is to be saved from degenerating into fanaticism.
The world has been degenerating into a maudlin state of sentiment for some years.
The thing was degenerating into a farce—the "Bertha's" Chinamen would not fight.
The gallantry of privateering was degenerating into the bloody brutality of piracy.
Having been a coxcomb in his youth, Fox was now degenerating into the sloven.
late 15c., from Latin degeneratus, past participle of degenerare "to be inferior to one's ancestors, to become unlike one's race or kind, fall from ancestral quality," used of physical as well as moral qualities, from phrase de genere, from de + genus (genitive generis) "birth, descent" (see genus). The noun is from 1550s.
1540s, from Latin degeneratus, past participle of degenerare "fall from ancestral quality" (see degenerate (adj.)). Figurative sense of "to fall off, decline" was in Latin. Related: Degenerated; degenerating.
degenerate de·gen·er·ate (dĭ-jěn'ər-ĭt)
Characterized by degeneration, as of tissue, a cell, or an organ.
Having lost one or more highly developed functions, characteristics, or structures through evolution.