Associations to the word «Degenerate»


DEGENERATE, adjective. (of qualities) Having deteriorated, degraded or fallen from normal, coherent, balanced and desirable to undesirable and typically abnormal.
DEGENERATE, adjective. (of a human or system) Having lost good or desirable qualities.
DEGENERATE, adjective. (of an encoding or function) Having multiple domain elements correspond to one element of the range.
DEGENERATE, adjective. (mathematics) A degenerate case is a limiting case in which a class of object changes its nature so as to belong to another, usually simpler, class.
DEGENERATE, adjective. (physics) Having the same quantum energy level.
DEGENERATE, noun. One is degenerate, who has fallen from previous stature.
DEGENERATE, verb. (intransitive) To lose good or desirable qualities.
DEGENERATE, verb. (transitive) To cause to lose good or desirable qualities.
DEGENERATE MATTER, noun. (physics) matter which has sufficiently high density that the dominant contribution to its pressure arises from the Pauli exclusion principle.

Dictionary definition

DEGENERATE, noun. A person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior.
DEGENERATE, verb. Grow worse; "Her condition deteriorated"; "Conditions in the slums degenerated"; "The discussion devolved into a shouting match".
DEGENERATE, adjective. Unrestrained by convention or morality; "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society"; "deplorably dissipated and degraded"; "riotous living"; "fast women".

Wise words

It is better wither to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.