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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 of degenerate decadent, decayed, effete, overripe, washed-upWords Related to degenerate 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 of degenerate undecadent

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

Synonym Discussion of degenerate

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

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 of degenerate backslider, debauchee, debaucher, decadent, deviate, libertine, perv, pervert, profligate, rake, rakehell, rip Words Related to degenerate bankrupt, delinquent, derelict, incorrigible; blackguard, cad, heel, knave, miscreant, rascal, reprobate, rogue, scoundrel, villain; lecher, playboy, playgirl, satyr Near Antonyms of degenerate 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 of degenerate atrophy, crumble, decay, decline, deteriorate, descend, devolve, ebb, regress, retrograde, rot, sink, worsenWords Related to degenerate 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 of degenerate better, upgrade; enhance, enrich, fortify, heighten, intensify, strengthen; advance, develop, march, proceed, progressAntonyms of degenerate ameliorate, improve, meliorate



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