Degenerated
Degenerate De*gen"er*ate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Degenerated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Degenerating}.] 1. To be or grow worse than one's kind, or than one was originally; hence, to be inferior; to grow poorer, meaner, or more vicious; to decline in good qualities; to deteriorate. [1913 Webster]

When wit transgresseth decency, it degenerates into insolence and impiety. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

2. (Biol.) To fall off from the normal quality or the healthy structure of its kind; to become of a lower type. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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