Degenerate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪˈdʒenəreɪt|  American pronunciation of the word degenerate
Brit.  |dɪˈdʒenəreɪt|  British pronunciation of the word degenerate


- a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior (syn: deviant, deviate, pervert)


- grow worse (syn: deteriorate, devolve, drop)
Conditions in the slums degenerated


- unrestrained by convention or morality (syn: debauched, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, fast, libertine, profligate, riotous)

Extra examples

He criticizes what he believes is a degenerate society.

...a degenerate society in which people had no sense of being citizens, only consumers...

...over the years the community-minded organization degenerated into a club for loafers...

...a degenerate who is uninterested in anything but his own gratification...

The incident degenerated into a fight.

Everyone needs time to play, but some let it degenerate into laziness.

His health degenerated quickly.

The conference degenerated into a complete fiasco.

The painting was condemned as 'degenerate'.

Conditions in the slums degenerated

He had tabbed Jordan as a degenerate gambler. (M. Puzo)

Word forms

I/you/we/they: degenerate
he/she/it: degenerates
present participle: degenerating
past tense: degenerated
past participle: degenerated
singular: degenerate
plural: degenerates
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