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.
- degeneracy pressure,
- degenerate matter,
- degenerate state,
- degenerative joint disease
Origin of degenerate
Examples from the Web for 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|Kevin Fallon|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Daniel Genis|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He is a progenitor of what could be called the degenerate school of American fiction.American Dreams: ‘Tobacco Road’ by Erskine Caldwell|Nathaniel Rich|April 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|Josh Axelrad|January 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The Guardian warns, in a page-wide headline, that it could degenerate into a fiasco of Suez 1956 proportions.
Austria was now the preponderating power in degenerate Italy.The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power|John S. C. Abbott
They talked, and I was punished as a degenerate little villain.Claire|Leslie Burton Blades
He knows and we know that these mongrel herds, as he calls the outside enemy, are not so degenerate.City of Endless Night|Milo Hastings
It is liable to degenerate; and, though sometimes classed as a Winter Endive, is less hardy than many other sorts.The Field and Garden Vegetables of America|Fearing Burr
Women are the purer and the more ornamental part of life, and when they degenerate, the Poetry of Life is gone.Conversation|Andrew P. Peabody
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.