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



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BrE BrE//dɪˈdʒenerət//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈdʒenerət//
a person whose behaviour shows moral standards that have fallen to a very low level
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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