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  • adjective of or pertaining to dysgenics.

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  • adjective of or relating to, or causing degeneration or deterioration in offspring

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  • adjective pertaining to or causing degeneration in the offspring produced

Etymologies

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dys- + -genic

Examples

  • There was no allusion to the existence of venereal disease, far and away the most appalling of what I have called dysgenic forces, in any official eugenic publication until April, 1909, when in the Eugenics Review we dared to make a cautious and half-ashamed beginning; half-ashamed to stand up against syphilis and gonorrh [oe] a. When one thinks of the things that we are not ashamed to do, as individuals or as nations, it is to reflect that perhaps we have "let the tiger die" too utterly, and that just as woman is ceasing to be a mammal, man is perhaps ceasing to be even a vertebrate.

    Woman and Womanhood A Search for Principles

  • The work of the eugenicists included racism and white supremacy, promoting birth control among the "dysgenic," restricting immigration, sterilizing the handicapped, promoting euthanasia, and seeking ways to increase the number of genetically well-endowed individuals.

    Morality is Objective (And People Are Wrong)

  • At the First National Conference on Race Betterment, University of Wisconsin eugenicist Leon J. Cole lectured on the "dysgenic" effects of charity and medicine on eugenic progress.

    History News Network

  • It was dysgenic, because the Jews were more intelligent than the Germans.

    Death Becomes Him

  • It was dysgenic, because the Jews were more intelligent than the Germans.

    Death Becomes Him

  • Russia on the other hand, had many more countries under her, and so, she could designate the dysgenic not only by religion, but by WHERE they lived.

    The common denominator

  • Hubby's paternal line is Campbell, rulers of Argyll with a history all the way back to King David II and Dalraida, well before Robert the Bruce, and James (a bit of dysgenic Jesse and Frank there).

    Continued: Eugenics Thread

  • She called for coercive sterilization, mandatory segregation, and rehabilitative concentration camps for all "dysgenic stocks," including Blacks, Hispanics, American Indians and Catholics.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • She called for coercive sterilization, mandatory segregation, and rehabilitative concentration camps for all "dysgenic stocks," including Blacks, Hispanics, American Indians and Catholics.

    [decline and fall] death throes of a society

  • What the nazis did was posit an essentialist notion of blood, unrelated to any hard research, which would up being dysgenic because of the fact that German Jews had between 10 and 15 IQ points higher than German Gentiles.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Declaration of Independence and the Case for Non-Ethnic Secession:

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  • Here is an unusual use of the word, the implication being that for Mrs. Beaseley, who yearns for an apartment in Manhattan but has decided instead to accompany her husband on his travels in order to ruin his fun, the Amazonian Indians represent a degenerate form of human being:

    "Mrs. Beaseley returned from the races, and had the mortification of hearing that they she and her husband were to start almost immediately for a trip up the Amazon and a sojourn on the unknown lake in the dysgenic society of Indians."

    – John Collier, "Incident on a Lake", Fancies and Goodnights

    January 28, 2008