verb (used without object), degenerated, degenerating.
to fall below a normal or desirable level in physical, mental, or moral qualities; deteriorate:
The morale of the soldiers degenerated, and they were unable to fight.
to diminish in quality, especially from a former state of coherence, balance, integrity, etc.:
The debate degenerated into an exchange of insults.
Pathology. to lose functional activity, as a tissue or organ.
Evolution. (of a species or any of its traits or structures) to revert to a simple, less highly organized, or less functionally active type, as a parasitic plant that has lost its taproot or the vestigial wings of a flightless bird.
verb (used with object), degenerated, degenerating.
to cause degeneration in; bring about a decline, deterioration, or reversion in.
having fallen below a normal or desirable level, especially in physical or moral qualities; deteriorated; degraded:
a degenerate king.
having lost, or become impaired with respect to, the qualities proper to the species or kind:
a degenerate vine.
characterized by or associated with degeneracy:
Mathematics. pertaining to a limiting case of a mathematical system that is more symmetrical or simpler in form than the general case.
(of modes of vibration of a system) having the same frequency.
(of quantum states of a system) having equal energy.
a person who has declined, as in morals or character, from a type or standard considered normal.
a person or thing that reverts to an earlier stage of culture, development, or evolution.
a sexual deviate.
verb (intransitive) (dɪˈdʒɛnəˌreɪt)
to become degenerate
(biology) (of organisms or their parts) to become less specialized or functionally useless
having declined or deteriorated to a lower mental, moral, or physical level; debased; degraded; corrupt
(of the constituents of a system) having the same energy but different wave functions
(of a semiconductor) containing a similar number of electrons in the conduction band to the number of electrons in the conduction band of metals
(of a resonant device) having two or more modes of equal frequency
(of a code) containing symbols that represent more than one letter, figure, etc
(of a plant or animal) having undergone degeneration
a degenerate person
degenerate de·gen·er·ate (dĭ-jěn’ər-ĭt)
Characterized by degeneration, as of tissue, a cell, or an organ.
Having lost one or more highly developed functions, characteristics, or structures through evolution.
v. de·gen·er·at·ed, de·gen·er·at·ing, de·gen·er·ates (-ə-rāt’)
To undergo the process of degeneration.
degenerative [dih-jen-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv] /dɪˈdʒɛn ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv/ Examples Word Origin adjective 1. tending to degenerate. 2. characterized by degeneration. degenerative /dɪˈdʒɛnəˌreɪtɪv/ adjective 1. (of a disease or condition) getting steadily worse degenerative de·gen·er·a·tive (dĭ-jěn’ər-ə-tĭv) adj. Of, relating to, causing, or characterized by degeneration.
adjective 1. reduced in rank, position, reputation, etc.: He felt degraded by the trivial tasks assigned to him. 2. reduced in quality or value; debased; vulgarized: the degraded level of the modern novel. verb (used with object), degraded, degrading. 1. to lower in dignity or estimation; bring into contempt: He felt they were degrading him […]
adjective 1. that degrades; debasing; humiliating: degrading submission. verb (used with object), degraded, degrading. 1. to lower in dignity or estimation; bring into contempt: He felt they were degrading him by making him report to the supervisor. 2. to lower in character or quality; debase. 3. to reduce (someone) to a lower rank, degree, etc.; […]
verb (used with object), deified, deifying. 1. to make a god of; exalt to the rank of a deity; personify as a deity: to deify a beloved king. 2. to adore or regard as a deity: to deify wealth. verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied 1. to exalt to the position of a god or personify […]