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Dictionary Definition

degenerate adj : unrestrained by convention or morality; "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"; "deplorably dissipated and degraded"; "riotous living"; "fast women" [syn: debauched, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, libertine, profligate, riotous, fast] n : a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior [syn: pervert, deviant, deviate] v : grow worse; "Her condition deteriorated"; "Conditions in the slums degenerated"; "The discussion devolved into a shouting match" [syn: devolve, deteriorate, drop] [ant: recuperate]

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English

Adjective

  1. (of qualities) having deteriorated, degraded or fallen from normal, coherent, balanced and desirable to an undesirable and typically abnormal
  2. (of a human or system) having lost good or desirable qualities
  3. (of an encoding or function) having multiple domain elements correspond to one element of the range
    ''The genetic code is degenerate because a single amino acid can be coded by one of several codons.
  4. a degenerate case is a limiting case in which a class of object changes its nature so as to belong to another, usually simpler, class.

Derived terms

Translations

having deteriorated, degraded or fallen from normal
  • Chinese: 惡化 墮落 變質
  • Hebrew: מנוון (menuvan)
having lost good or desirable qualities
having multiple domain elements correspond to one element of the range

Noun

  1. One is degenerate, who has fallen from previous stature.
    You are a degenerate, boy. You're a disgrace to your ancestors.

Verb

  1. (of humans or systems) to lose good or desirable qualities;
    His condition continued to degenerate even after admission to hospital.

Derived terms

Translations

to lose good or desirable qualities
  • Chinese: 惡化
  • French: dégénérer
  • Ido: degenerar
  • Italian: degenerare

Italian

Adjective

degenerate
  1. Feminine plural form of degenerato

Noun

degenerate
  1. Plural of degenerata

Verb

degenerate
  1. Form of Second-person plural imperative, degenerare#Italian|degenerare

Extensive Definition

Degeneracy (for the quality; degeneration for the process; adj; v. degenerate and rapper degenerate), from the Latin de-generare'' "to depart from its kind or genus, to fall from its proper or ancestral quality" can refer to:
  • In science and mathematics:
    • Degeneracy (mathematics), a limiting case in which a class of object changes its nature so as to belong to another, usually simpler, class
    • Degenerate matter, a very highly compressed phase of matter where all or some of the electron orbits have collapsed from pressure
    • Degenerate energy levels, different arrangements of a physical system which have the same energy
  • Medical degeneration:
  • Degeneration in social ideology:
    • Degenerate art, a term adopted by the Nazi regime in Germany to describe virtually all modern art
  • In popular culture:
    • "Degenerate" - song by Blink-182 from the album Dude Ranch (album)
    • Degenerate - a poetic hip-hop artist from Lindenhurst, NY known for his meaningful lyrics.
degenerate in Portuguese: Degenerescência
degenerate in Swedish: Degeneration

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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