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  • (adjective, noun) IPA(key): /dɪˈdʒɛnəɹət/
  • (verb) IPA(key): /dɪˈdʒɛnəɹeɪt/

AdjectiveEdit

degenerate (comparative more degenerate, superlative most degenerate)

  1. (of qualities) Having deteriorated, degraded or fallen from normal, coherent, balanced and desirable to undesirable and typically abnormal.
    • 1591, Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 3:
      faint-hearted and degenerate king
    • (Can we date this quote?) Jonathan Swift
      degenerate from their ancient blood
    • 2013 March 1, Harold J. Morowitz, “The Smallest Cell”, in American Scientist[1], volume 101, number 2, page 83:
      It is likely that the long evolutionary trajectory of Mycoplasma went from a reductive autotroph to oxidative heterotroph to a cell-wall–defective degenerate parasite. This evolutionary trajectory assumes the simplicity to complexity route of biogenesis, a point of view that is not universally accepted.
  2. (of a human or system) Having lost good or desirable qualities.
  3. (of an encoding or function) Having multiple domain elements correspond to one element of the range.
    The genetic code is degenerate because a single amino acid can be coded by one of several codons.
  4. (mathematics) A degenerate case is a limiting case in which a class of object changes its nature so as to belong to another, usually simpler, class.
  5. (physics) Having the same quantum energy level.

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NounEdit

degenerate (plural degenerates)

  1. One who is degenerate, who has fallen from previous stature; an immoral person.
    In the cult of degenerates, acts of decency, kindness and modesty could be seen as acts of apostasy.

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VerbEdit

degenerate (third-person singular simple present degenerates, present participle degenerating, simple past and past participle degenerated)

  1. (intransitive) To lose good or desirable qualities.
    His condition continued to degenerate even after admission to hospital.
    • 1870, Shirley Hibberd, Rustic Adornments for Homes of Taste (page 170)
      Another bird quickly learned to imitate the song of a canary that was mated with it, but as the parrakeet improved in the performance the canary degenerated, and came at last to mingle the other bird's harsh chitterings with its own proper music.
  2. (transitive) To cause to lose good or desirable qualities.

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AdjectiveEdit

degenerate

  1. feminine plural of degenerato

NounEdit

degenerate f

  1. plural of degenerata

VerbEdit

degenerate

  1. inflection of degenerare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

degenerate

  1. feminine plural of degenerato

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