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Definition of Degenerate


  1. Having become worse than one's kind, or one's former state; having declined in worth; having lost in goodness; deteriorated; degraded; unworthy; base; low.
  2. To be or grow worse than one's kind, or than one was originally; hence, to be inferior; to grow poorer, meaner, or more vicious; to decline in good qualities; to deteriorate.
  3. To fall off from the normal quality or the healthy structure of its kind; to become of a lower type.

Degenerate Quotations

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
Peter Drucker

It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty.
James Monroe

If ever a man and his wife, or a man and his mistress, who pass nights as well as days together, absolutely lay aside all good breeding, their intimacy will soon degenerate into a coarse familiarity, infallibly productive of contempt or disgust.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

Nothing is beautiful, only man: on this piece of naivete rests all aesthetics, it is the first truth of aesthetics. Let us immediately add its second: nothing is ugly but degenerate man - the domain of aesthetic judgment is therewith defined.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
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Degenerate Translations

degenerate in Dutch is degenereren, ontaarden, verbasteren
degenerate in German is entkoppeln, entarten, ausarten, entarten
degenerate in Latin is degenero
degenerate in Norwegian is utarte
degenerate in Spanish is degenerar
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