degenerate Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
pervert; deviate; deviant.
verb grow worse
drop; devolve; deteriorate.
- Her condition deteriorated
- Conditions in the slums degenerated
- The discussion devolved into a shouting match
adjective satellite unrestrained by convention or morality
debauched; libertine; dissolute; fast; degraded; dissipated; riotous; profligate.
- Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society
- deplorably dissipated and degraded
- riotous living
- fast women
Having become worse than one's kind, or one's former state; having declined in worth; having lost in goodness; deteriorated; degraded; unworthy; base; low.
Faint-hearted and degenerate king. Shak.
A degenerate and degraded state. Milton.
Degenerate from their ancient blood. Swift.
These degenerate days. Pope.
I had planted thee a noble vine . . . : how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me? Jer. ii. 21.
De*gen"er*ate intransitive verb
To be or grow worse than one's kind, or than one was originally; hence, to be inferior; to grow poorer, meaner, or more vicious; to decline in good qualities; to deteriorate.
When wit transgresseth decency, it degenerates into insolence and impiety. Tillotson.
(Biol.) To fall off from the normal quality or the healthy structure of its kind; to become of a lower type.
Sharpen your Skills with the Masters
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income