verb (used without object), de·gen·er·at·ed, de·gen·er·at·ing.
verb (used with object), de·gen·er·at·ed, de·gen·er·at·ing.
- (of modes of vibration of a system) having the same frequency.
- (of quantum states of a system) having equal energy.
Origin of degenerate
Synonyms for degenerate
Related Words for degenerateworsen, disintegrate, lapse, revert, descend, regress, lessen, sinking, debauched, debased, miscreant, decayed, failing, decadent, depraved, base, low, perverted, retrograde, degraded
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Contemporary Examples of degenerate
Then, with a grin, “And we all know how degenerate those people are.”‘Mozart in the Jungle’: Inside Amazon’s Brave New World of Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music
December 23, 2014
Being a fan of Liquid Sky carries the cachet of degenerate hipness to this day, 32 years after it was filmed.Punks, UFOs, and Heroin: How ‘Liquid Sky’ Became a Cult Movie
June 2, 2014
He is a progenitor of what could be called the degenerate school of American fiction.American Dreams: ‘Tobacco Road’ by Erskine Caldwell
April 30, 2012
If the states want to emulate casinos, degenerate, compulsive play is where the money is.Online Casinos Run by New York, Other States Will Target Gambling Addicts
January 4, 2012
The Guardian warns, in a page-wide headline, that it could degenerate into a fiasco of Suez 1956 proportions.The Great Fallacy of Obama's War
November 13, 2009
Historical Examples of degenerate
We modify it in these degenerate days to "blood will have money:"
Domestic care, like every other, is liable to degenerate into excess.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
Yet these country-people are no more corrupt or degenerate than the townspeople.
It is the idleness, luxury and corruption of large cities which cause it to degenerate.
He disliked her child, the little Charles Rougon, who was degenerate and weak-minded.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
verb (dɪˈdʒɛnəˌreɪt) (intr)
- (of the constituents of a system) having the same energy but different wave functions
- (of a semiconductor) containing a similar number of electrons in the conduction band to the number of electrons in the conduction band of metals
- (of a resonant device) having two or more modes of equal frequency
Word Origin for degenerate
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.