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
Examples from the Web for degenerated
Contemporary Examples of degenerated
What was initially intended to be a celebration of music has degenerated into a weird marriage of fashion and commerce.Coachella, Oasis For Douchebags and Trust Fund Babies, Should Be Avoided At All Costs
April 12, 2014
In other hands, this scenario might have degenerated into a caricature-filled freak show.Richard Porton on Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Behind the Candelabra’
May 23, 2013
Within the committee, partisan bickering has degenerated to personal distrust.'Do-Nothing' Congress a Target for Obama in 2012
November 12, 2011
Like the rest of our world, his city had degenerated into subdead induced bedlam.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks
January 14, 2011
Instead, the tone in Quebec has degenerated to “my-way-or-the-highway.”Women Fight Back: Don't Ban the Veil!
April 8, 2010
Historical Examples of degenerated
Before five miles were passed, the retreat had degenerated into a mere rout.The Siege of Boston
Even the very fire, in a fit of pique, has degenerated into a dull glow.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
As it grew in power so it degenerated into an instrument of tyranny.All Roads Lead to Calvary
Jerome K. Jerome
On the other hand, he has not degenerated from some ideal pacific state.The Psychology of Nations
When there were no more heathen it degenerated into extreme popular farce.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
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
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.
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.