degeneracy degeneracy  /dɪ ˈdʒɛ nə rə si/


  1. (n) the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities
  2. (n) moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles


  1. The bill was supported by hard-line Islamic groups, who believed its passage could counter moral degeneracy among Indonesian Muslims.
  2. The resulting improvement in the quality of the race will save civilization from degeneracy.
  3. Author Cooper does not, however, neglect organized brothels nor the many ramifications of his subjectcamp followers of the WPA, sex degeneracy, and worse.


  • Tom Cotton opines on the weaker, and he does mean weaker, sex

    Researchers continue to mine the collegiate newspaper opinion columns of U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton and they keep coming up with paydirt. You know: He thought the Internet was a bust as an educational tool. He wanted a ban on tobacco at Harvard, where he attended undergraduate and law school. He also decried campus activists as barbarians and wrote about Bill Clinton's "degeneracy." People ...
    on August 8, 2013     Source: Arkansas Times


  1. Monroe concludes that during wars and emergencies, an "inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and . . . degeneracy of manners and of morals [develops] . . . No nation could preserve its freedom in the...
    on Feb 12, 2007 By: James Madison Source: Lew Rockwell

  2. ...1855, when politicians belonging to the Know Nothing Party attacked the loyalty of immigrants and patriotism of Catholics, Lincoln complained in a letter to a friend: "Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid."
    on Mar 9, 2010 By: Abraham Lincoln Source: Huffington Post (blog)

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