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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The process of degenerating.
  • n. The state of being degenerate.
  • n. Corrupt, vulgar, vicious behavior, especially sexual perversion.
  • n. Genetics The presence in the genetic code of multiple codons for the same amino acid.

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  • n. the state of being degenerate (in all senses)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of becoming degenerate; a growing worse.
  • n. The state of having become degenerate; decline in good qualities; deterioration; meanness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The tendency to degenerate or deteriorate; decrease of excellence in essential qualities; a downward course, as from better to worse, or from good to bad.
  • n. The state of being or of having become degenerate; a deteriorated condition: as, the degeneracy of the age.
  • n. Synonyms Debasement, degenerateness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities
  • n. moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles

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