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- (of qualities) Having deteriorated, degraded or fallen from normal, coherent, balanced and desirable to undesirable and typically abnormal.
- faint-hearted and degenerate king
- Jonathan Swift
- degenerate from their ancient blood
2013 March 1, Harold J. Morowitz, “The Smallest Cell”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 2, page 83:
- It is likely that the long evolutionary trajectory of Mycoplasma went from a reductive autotroph to oxidative heterotroph to a cell-wall–defective degenerate parasite. This evolutionary trajectory assumes the simplicity to complexity route of biogenesis, a point of view that is not universally accepted.
- (of a human or system) Having lost good or desirable qualities.
- (of an encoding or function) Having multiple domain elements correspond to one element of the range.
- (mathematics) 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.
- (physics) Having the same quantum energy level.
- (physics) degenerate matter
having deteriorated, degraded or fallen from normal
having lost good or desirable qualities
having multiple domain elements correspond to one element of the range
degenerate (plural degenerates)
- One is degenerate, who has fallen from previous stature.
- You are a degenerate, boy. You're a disgrace to your ancestors.
one is degenerate, who has fallen from previous stature
- (intransitive) To lose good or desirable qualities.
- His condition continued to degenerate even after admission to hospital.
- 1870, Shirley Hibberd, Rustic Adornments for Homes of Taste (page 170)
- Another bird quickly learned to imitate the song of a canary that was mated with it, but as the parrakeet improved in the performance the canary degenerated, and came at last to mingle the other bird's harsh chitterings with its own proper music.
- (transitive) To cause to lose good or desirable qualities.
to lose good or desirable qualities
- degenerate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- degenerate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- feminine plural of
- plural form of