Associations to the word «Degeneration»

Wiktionary

DEGENERATION, noun. (uncountable) The process or state of growing worse, or the state of having become worse.
DEGENERATION, noun. (uncountable) That condition of a tissue or an organ in which its vitality has become either diminished or perverted; a substitution of a lower for a higher form of structure.
DEGENERATION, noun. (uncountable) Gradual deterioration, from natural causes, of any class of animals or plants or any particular organ or organs; hereditary degradation of type.
DEGENERATION, noun. (countable) A thing that has degenerated.

Dictionary definition

DEGENERATION, noun. The process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality.
DEGENERATION, noun. The state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities.
DEGENERATION, noun. Passing from a more complex to a simpler biological form.

Wise words

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
William Butler Yeats