Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The process of degenerating.
  • noun The state of being degenerate.
  • noun Genetics The presence in the genetic code of multiple codons for the same amino acid.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The state of being or of having become degenerate; a deteriorated condition: as, the degeneracy of the age.
  • noun Synonyms Debasement, degenerateness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the state of being degenerate (in all senses)

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

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

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Examples

  • How often I have I known him affect an open brow and a jovial manner, joining in the games of the gentry, and even in the sports of the common people, in order to invest himself with a temporary degree of popularity; while, in fact, his heart was bursting to witness what he called the degeneracy of the times, the decay of activity among the aged, and the want of zeal in the rising generation.

    Redgauntlet

  • _seemed_, because what we call degeneracy is often but the unveiling of what was there all the time; and the evil we could become, we are.

    The Elect Lady

  • How often I have I known him affect an open brow and a jovial manner, joining in the games of the gentry, and even in the sports of the common people, in order to invest himself with a temporary degree of popularity; while, in fact, his heart was bursting to witness what he called the degeneracy of the times, the decay of activity among the aged, and the want of zeal in the rising generation.

    Redgauntlet

  • -- But for this precious seed, the chosen people would have resembled the cities of the plain, both in degeneracy of character and in merited doom.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • This is called degeneracy, and in D-Wave's system there is quite a bit of degeneracy.

    Ars Technica

  • Let them call upon me to repeat any part they think good ground of prosecution: I will repeat it; for I can support, by historical facts, the opinion that I give; and if the country is so lost in degeneracy that

    The Tribune, a Periodical Publication, consisting Chiefly of the Political Lectures of J. Thelwall.

  • A strong shade of degeneracy is visible between John Vataces and his son Theodore; between the founder who sustained the weight, and the heir who enjoyed the splendor, of the Imperial crown.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • As men come to believe that the "long ago" was better than the "now," and the dead were better than the living, then philosophy must necessarily include a theory of degeneracy, which is a part of ancientism.

    Sketch of the Mythology of the North American Indians First Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1879-80, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1881, pages 17-56

  • In such cases, the traditions of earlier ages, or of some higher and more educated caste which has been destroyed, may give rise to the notion of degeneracy from a primaeval state of superior intelligence, or of science supernaturally communicated.

    The Antiquity of Man

  • What a degeneracy was there in the Jewish nation, when there were found there so many that had such a character, and could be drawn into such an attempt upon the public peace!

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

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