Definition of degenerate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈdʒenərət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈdʒenərət//
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  1. 1having moral standards that have fallen to a level that is very low and unacceptable to most people a degenerate popular culture
  2. 2(specialist) having returned to a simple structure; lacking something that is usually present
  3. Word Originlate 15th cent.: from Latin degeneratus ‘no longer of its kind’, from the verb degenerare, from degener ‘debased’, from de- ‘away from’ + genus, gener- ‘race, kind’.
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