What does the word degeneration mean?

Usage examples for degeneration

  1. And the eighth and ninth books of the Republic are devoted to a description of the four stages of degeneration through which states and individuals pass on the downward road from righteousness and virtue to unrighteousness and vice. – The Five Great Philosophies of Life by William de Witt Hyde
  2. " Surely it is obvious," said I. " If a missing man is known to have suffered from some affection, such as heart disease, aneurism, or arterial degeneration, likely to produce sudden death, that fact will surely be highly material to the question as to whether he is probably dead or alive." – The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman
  3. Such a degeneration is, however, precisely what we should expect to find in the circumstances. – The Story of Evolution by Joseph McCabe