[verb dih-jen-uh-reyt; adjective, noun dih-jen-er-it] /verb dɪˈdʒɛn əˌreɪt; adjective, noun dɪˈdʒɛn ər ɪt/
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 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.
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 a code) containing symbols that represent more than one letter, figure, etc
(of a plant or animal) having undergone degeneration
a degenerate person
late 15c., from Latin degeneratus, past participle of degenerare “to be inferior to one’s ancestors, to become unlike one’s race or kind, fall from ancestral quality,” used of physical as well as moral qualities, from phrase de genere, from de + genus (genitive generis) “birth, descent” (see genus). The noun is from 1550s.
1540s, from Latin degeneratus, past participle of degenerare “fall from ancestral quality” (see degenerate (adj.)). Figurative sense of “to fall off, decline” was in Latin. Related: Degenerated; degenerating.
degenerate de·gen·er·ate (dĭ-jěn’ər-ĭt)
v. de·gen·er·at·ed, de·gen·er·at·ing, de·gen·er·ates (-ə-rāt’)
To undergo the process of degeneration.
[dih-jen-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv] /dɪˈdʒɛn ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv/ adjective 1. tending to . 2. characterized by degeneration. /dɪˈdʒɛnəˌreɪtɪv/ adjective 1. (of a disease or condition) getting steadily worse adj. 1846; see degenerate + -ive. degenerative de·gen·er·a·tive (dĭ-jěn’ər-ə-tĭv) adj. Of, relating to, causing, or characterized by degeneration.
[non-di-grey-duh-buh l] /ˌnɒn dɪˈgreɪ də bəl/ adjective 1. not subject to or capable of degradation or decomposition: nondegradable waste. noun 2. something that is not degradable, as a chemical compound.
[adjective dih-lib-er-it; verb dih-lib-uh-reyt] /adjective dɪˈlɪb ər ɪt; verb dɪˈlɪb əˌreɪt/ adjective 1. carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional: a deliberate lie. 2. characterized by or cautious consideration; careful or slow in deciding: Moving away from the city and all its advantages required a deliberate decision. 3. leisurely and steady in movement or action; slow […]
[dih-mok-ruh-see] /dɪˈmɒk rə si/ noun, plural democracies. 1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system. 2. a state having such a form of government: The United States and Canada […]