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

  • adj. Relating to or causing the deterioration of hereditary qualities in offspring.

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  • adj. of or relating to, or causing degeneration or deterioration in offspring

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  • adj. of or pertaining to dysgenics.

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  • adj. pertaining to or causing degeneration in the offspring produced


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dys- + -genic



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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