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English adjective: degenerate

1. degenerate unrestrained by convention or morality

SamplesCongreve draws a debauched aristocratic society.
Deplorably dissipated and degraded.
Riotous living.
Fast women.

Synonymsdebauched, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, fast, libertine, profligate, riotous



English noun: degenerate

1. degenerate (person) a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior

Synonymsdeviant, deviate, pervert

Broader (hypernym)miscreant, reprobate

Narrower (hyponym)bugger, child molester, fetishist, lech, lecher, letch, masochist, nympho, nymphomaniac, paederast, paedophile, pederast, pedophile, sadist, sadomasochist, satyr, sod, sodomist, sodomite

English verb: degenerate

1. degenerate (body) grow worse

SamplesHer condition deteriorated.
Conditions in the slums degenerated.
The discussion devolved into a shouting match.

Synonymsdeteriorate, devolve, drop

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)decline, worsen

Narrower (hyponym)fade, fatigue, jade, languish, pall, rot, tire, waste, weary

Antonymsconvalesce, recover, recuperate

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