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degenerate

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of degenerate

  1. 1 having lost forcefulness, courage, or spirit a degenerate society in which people had no sense of being citizens, only consumers Synonyms decadent, decayed, effete, overripe, washed-upRelated Words effeminate, overrefined, precious; decaying, declining, dying, failing, waning; debilitated, enervate, enervated, enfeebled, feeble, frail, languid, sapped, soft, wasted, weak, weakened, wimpy; dissolute, immoral; debased, debauched, degraded, demoralized, depraved, dissipated, dissoluteAntonyms undecadent

  2. 2 having or showing lowered moral character or standards a movie about a gang of degenerate drug dealers Synonyms debased, debauched, decadent, corrupt, degraded, demoralized, depraved, dissipated, dissolute, jackleg, libertine, loose, perverse, perverted, rakehell (or rakehelly), rakish, reprobate, sick, unclean, unwholesome, warpedRelated Words bent [chiefly British], crooked, cutthroat, dishonest, unethical, unprincipled, unscrupulous; contaminated, spoiled, tainted; bad, evil, immoral, iniquitous, miscreant, nefarious, sinful, vicious, wickedNear Antonyms incorruptible; ethical, honest, principled; good, moral, righteous, virtuousAntonyms pure, uncorrupt, uncorrupted


degenerate

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of degenerate

  1. a person who has sunk below the normal moral standard a degenerate who is uninterested in anything but his own gratification Synonyms backslider, debauchee, debaucher, decadent, deviate, libertine, perv, pervert, profligate, rake, rakehell, rip Related Words bankrupt, delinquent, derelict, incorrigible; blackguard, cad, heel, knave, miscreant, rascal, reprobate, rogue, scoundrel, villain; lecher, playboy, playgirl, satyr Near Antonyms saint


degenerate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of degenerate

  1. to become worse or of less value over the years the community-minded organization degenerated into a club for loafers Synonyms atrophy, crumble, decay, decline, deteriorate, descend, devolve, ebb, regress, retrograde, rot, sink, worsenRelated Words abate, de-escalate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, recede, wane; break down, corrupt, decompose, degrade, dilapidate, disintegrate, molder, putrefy; sour, spoil; lessen, lower, reduce; debilitate, undermine; droop, fail, fall, flag, lag, languish, run down, sag, slip, waste (away), weaken, wiltNear Antonyms better, upgrade; enhance, enrich, fortify, heighten, intensify, strengthen; advance, develop, march, proceed, progressAntonyms ameliorate, improve, meliorate


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