degenerate degenerate  /dɪ ˈdʒɛ nə rət/

Definition(s):

  1. (v) grow worse
  2. (n) a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
  3. (adj) unrestrained by convention or morality

Usage(s):

  1. At the reception, first a verbal duel broke out and then the altercation degenerated into a drunken brawl.
  2. The annoyance of airplane noise has now rapidly degenerated into a menace.
  3. The conditions of the slums had degenerated so much that it was impossible for human beings to stay there anymore.

News

  1. Massive spying on Americans is outrageous

    "Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that cannot bear discussion and publicity." -- Lord Acton
    on June 11, 2013     Source: CNN

  2. Sam Venable: Getting the bugs out of our system

    In a long-ago dispatch from BULLHOCKEY, an autumnal, alcohol-fueled fun fest attended by yours truly and several degenerate friends, I quoted my old Chattanooga newspaper colleague Billy Joe Cooley.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Knoxville News Sentinel

Quotes

  1. "I don't want the campaign at this stage to degenerate into so much tit-for-tat, back-and-forth, that we lose sight of why all of us are doing this," Obama told reporters, according to the New York Times.
    on Jan 14, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Inquirer.net

  2. "It can very easily degenerate into ethnic violence" if people believe there is fraud, Diallo told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday. "But we must avoid that at all costs."
    on Jun 25, 2010 By: Cellou Dalein Diallo Source: The Associated Press

  3. Dr. King said, "We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical...
    on Jan 20, 2008 By: Martin Luther King Source: Allentown Morning Call

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