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English noun: degeneration

1. degeneration (process) the process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality


Broader (hypernym)physical process, process

Narrower (hyponym)attack, macular degeneration, obsolescence

Antonymsevolution, development

2. degeneration (state) the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities

Synonymsdecadence, decadency, degeneracy

Broader (hypernym)abasement, abjection, degradation

3. degeneration (event) passing from a more complex to a simpler biological form


Broader (hypernym)shift, transformation, transmutation

Narrower (hyponym)abiotrophy, cataplasia

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