Definition of degeneration noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˌdʒenəˈreɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˌdʒenəˈreɪʃn//
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the process of becoming worse or less acceptable in quality or condition social/moral degeneration Intensive farming in the area has caused severe degeneration of the land. Speech degeneration often occurs in children who become deaf after acquiring language. Word Originlate 15th cent.: from late Latin degeneratio(n-), from the verb degenerare, from degener ‘debased’, from de- ‘away from’ + genus, gener- ‘race, kind’.
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