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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 criminals
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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

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

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to become worse or of less value
  • Over the years the community-minded organization degenerated into just a social club.
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go to pot, go to seed (or run to seed)

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