Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: verb

To become worse; decline; deteriorate.

Part of speech: adjective

Deteriorated; degraded.

Part of speech: noun

A deteriorated or degraded individual.

Part of speech: noun


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Usage examples "degenerate":

  1. But, as we have said, many fairs have contrived to survive, and unless they degenerate into a scandal and a nuisance it is well that they should be continued. - "Vanishing England", P. H. Ditchfield.
  2. But," he added in a lowered tone, " this is no fitting place for a conversation which might easily degenerate into a quarrel. - "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
  3. Were kings e'er known, in this degenerate age, So passionately fond of noble acts, Where interest shared not more than half with honour? - "The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18) The Duke of Guise; Albion and Albanius; Don Sebastian", John Dryden.