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degenerate

verb [I] uk   /dɪˈdʒen.ə.reɪt/ us  
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.

degenerate

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

degenerate

noun [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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