degeneracy

noun
de·​gen·​er·​a·​cy | \ di-ˈjen-rə-sē How to pronounce degeneracy (audio) , -ˈje-nə-, dē- \
plural degeneracies

Definition of degeneracy

1 : the state of being degenerate
2 : the process of becoming degenerate
3 : sexual perversion
4 : the coding of an amino acid by more than one codon

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Examples of degeneracy in a Sentence

the sad degeneracy of the old neighborhood into a slum the degeneracy of the family into a gang of petty thieves
Recent Examples on the Web The first mood defends liberal democracy as a precious inheritance that requires tending; the second excoriates it for its spiritual shallowness, cultural degeneracy and tendency toward an individualist myopia or socialist utopia. New York Times, "Andrew Sullivan on the War Within Conservatism and Why It Matters to All of Us," 24 Dec. 2020 Though much historical fiction is escapist, Faulkner’s is brutalizing, depicting a South debased first by degeneracy and then by the refusal to atone for it, even in the face of defeat. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "William Faulkner’s Demons," 23 Nov. 2020 The stereotype of gay degeneracy seemed absurd when applied to her. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Mystery of Ellen DeGeneres," 23 Aug. 2020 White dwarfs’ crushing gravitational weight is counterbalanced by a force called electron degeneracy pressure. Adam Mann, Science | AAAS, "This is the way the universe ends: not with a whimper, but a bang," 11 Aug. 2020 Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "The Party of Lincoln," 14 Aug. 2020 These positrons would ever-so-slowly destroy some of the electrons in a black dwarf’s center and weaken its degeneracy pressure. Adam Mann, Science | AAAS, "This is the way the universe ends: not with a whimper, but a bang," 11 Aug. 2020 In many of these cases, an artist’s very participation in hip-hop is painted as a moral shortcoming that suggests a propensity for real-world violence and degeneracy. Briana Younger, The New Yorker, "The Controversial Use of Rap Lyrics as Evidence," 20 Sep. 2019 And a greater emphasis on variation and degeneracy, at all levels of analysis, as well as neural reuse, must be considered. Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, "On the Nature of Fear," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of degeneracy

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jan 2021

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“Degeneracy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/degeneracy. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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degeneracy

noun
de·​gen·​er·​a·​cy | \ di-ˈjen-(ə-)rə-sē How to pronounce degeneracy (audio) \
plural degeneracies

Medical Definition of degeneracy

1 : the state of being degenerate
2 : the process of becoming degenerate
3 : sexual perversion
4 : the coding of an amino acid by more than one codon of the genetic code

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