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degenerateverb [I]

uk   us   /dɪˈdʒen.ə.reɪt/
to become worse in quality: Educational standards are degenerating year by year because of a lack of funds. What was intended as a peaceful demonstration rapidly degenerated into violence.


uk   /dɪˈdʒen.ər.ət/  us   /-ɚ-/
having low standards of behaviour: a degenerate young man

degeneratenoun [C]

uk   /dɪˈdʒen.ər.ət/  us   /-ɚ-/ formal disapproving
someone with low standards of behaviour: They're just moral degenerates with no sense of decency.
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