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degenerate

adjective

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1 having lost forcefulness, courage, or spirit
  • a degenerate society in which people had no sense of being citizens, only consumers

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2 having or showing lowered moral character or standards
  • a movie about a gang of degenerate drug dealers

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degenerate

noun

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a person who has sunk below the normal moral standard
  • a degenerate who is uninterested in anything but his own gratification

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degenerate

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of degenerate (Entry 3 of 3)

to become worse or of less value
  • over the years the community-minded organization degenerated into a club for loafers

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vicious, villainous, iniquitous, nefarious, corrupt, degenerate mean highly reprehensible or offensive in character, nature, or conduct. vicious may directly oppose virtuous in implying moral depravity, or may connote malignancy, cruelty, or destructive violence. a vicious gangster villainous applies to any evil, depraved, or vile conduct or characteristic. a villainous assault iniquitous implies absence of all signs of justice or fairness. an iniquitous system of taxation nefarious suggests flagrant breaching of time-honored laws and traditions of conduct. the nefarious rackets of organized crime corrupt stresses a loss of moral integrity or probity causing betrayal of principle or sworn obligations. city hall was rife with corrupt politicians degenerate suggests having sunk to an especially vicious or enervated condition. a degenerate regime propped up by foreign powers

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The first known use of degenerate was in the 15th century

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“Degenerate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/de%20generate. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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