What does the word degenerate mean?

    Part of speech: verb intransitive

  • To become worse; decline; deteriorate.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • A deteriorated or degraded individual.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Degenerateness.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Degenerately.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Deteriorated; degraded.

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by John Dryden