degeneracy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n degeneracy moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles "the luxury and corruption among the upper classes","moral degeneracy followed intellectual degeneration","its brothels, its opium parlors, its depravity","Rome had fallen into moral putrefaction"
    • n degeneracy the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Degeneracy The act of becoming degenerate; a growing worse. "Willful degeneracy from goodness."
    • Degeneracy The state of having become degenerate; decline in good qualities; deterioration; meanness. "Degeneracy of spirit in a state of slavery.""To recover mankind out of their universal corruption and degeneracy ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n degeneracy The tendency to degenerate or deteriorate; decrease of excellence in essential qualities; a downward course, as from better to worse, or from good to bad.
    • n degeneracy The state of being or of having become degenerate; a deteriorated condition: as, the degeneracy of the age.
    • n degeneracy Synonyms Debasement, degenerateness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Degeneracy the act or process of becoming degenerate: the state of being degenerate
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Quotations

  • Charles Horton Cooley
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    “Every general increase of freedom is accompanied by some degeneracy, attributable to the same causes as the freedom.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Degenerate (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. degenerāre, -ātum, to depart from its kind—de, from, down, genus, genĕris, kind.

Usage

In literature:

The most dreadful scourge of physical disease, as well as moral degeneracy, follows an impure life.
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
KOCH, degeneracy in the turnip, i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Indeed, in spite of the horrible degeneracy, the prestige of victory was still, as it has ever been, with England.
"Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
A bad road is an indication and a producer of degeneracy in man and beast.
"'Charge It'" by Irving Bacheller
I'm telling you, so you may see that you have not to do with moral degeneracy.
"Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)" by Frank Wedekind
That code spells demoralisation, degeneracy and disaster!...
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
This is the active element in the degeneracy of religious idealism.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
His heart revolted with each fresh revelation of the terrible degeneracy that possessed the lad.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
The Emperor considered it politic to favor this degeneracy.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Of all institutions, none has caused more intellectual degeneracy.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
Of all institutions, none has caused more intellectual degeneracy.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Volume III. 1791-1804" by Thomas Paine
Many similar cases of hereditary degeneracy are recorded in books on eugenics.
"Sex-education" by Maurice Alpheus Bigelow
In like manner, at a modern party, a circle of matrons sit in edifying conclave, and lament the degeneracy of the age.
"The May Flower, and Miscellaneous Writings" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Even a century ago, however, degeneracy had set in.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
The degeneracy of Buddhism is due to Cathay.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
I do not believe in the degeneracy of our race.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
Rural Depletion and Rural Degeneracy.
"The Challenge of the Country" by George Walter Fiske
She sensed here a mystery darker than the degeneracy she had anticipated.
"Red Nails" by Robert E. Howard
Elevation and degeneracy appear as clearly in poetry as in life.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld
DEGENERACY: Its Causes, Signs, and Results.
"The History of the European Fauna" by R. F. Scharff
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In news:

Looming Fiscal Disaster Isn't Our Problem, Handout-Driven Moral Degeneracy Is.
Shying Away From Degeneracy .
Looming Fiscal Disaster Isn't Our Problem, Handout -Driven Moral Degeneracy Is.
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In science:

Also, the band degeneracies at symmetry points are incorrect.
On the electronic structure of CaCuO2 and SrCuO2
The degeneracy can be lifted by means of a small mass term, and in the thermodynamic limit the system will be frozen in this direction, i.e. the direction of the QCD vacuum state is determined by the mass term.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The non degeneracy of obtained metrics is proved, their flat coordinates are found and it is shown that Frobenius structure can be always extracted from this averaged Poisson structure.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
Restricting on Mr and using the non degeneracy of ∂GA,2 ∂uB the result follows.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
Thus, due to assumption of Proposition 6.1, it suffices to pro ve the non degeneracy of ACD = {uC , uD }2 |Mr .
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
We notice also that the effect of double degeneracy (D > 0) is initially to increase the width slightly, and then restore it to the original value when D reaches its maximal value of N/2.
Spin Structure of Many-Body Systems with Two-Body Random Interactions
However, the effect of double degeneracy appears only at O(1/M 2 ), which we will see below to be small compared with the level spacing near the ground state, in the many-body limit.
Spin Structure of Many-Body Systems with Two-Body Random Interactions
Here, σ is the extra degeneracy satisfying τ σ 0 = στ , and N = Pn i=0(−1)inτ i is the norm operator.
Equivariant Cyclic Cohomology of H-Algebras
Without loss of generality we can set F to be a diagonal positive semidefinite matrix with degenerate eigenvalues αi , each of degeneracy di .
Optimal local discrimination of two multipartite pure states
In particular let us partition F into blocks determined by the degeneracies in its eigenvalues, i.e.
Optimal local discrimination of two multipartite pure states
If two pure states are not ‘obviously’ Schmidt correlated in this way, it will only be possible to use local unitaries to make them so if there is sufficient degeneracy in the Schmidt coefficients of both states.
Optimal local discrimination of two multipartite pure states
In graph theory some authors accept the existence of degeneracies in the definition of what they mean by a graph.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
In most texts the degeneracies are excluded.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
We are tempted to conjecture that the degeneracy does not matter for large scale features of graphs.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
This is the mass-disk degeneracy, first noted by Falco et al. (1985) and discussed in several recent papers, e.g., Saha (2000); basically it means that steeper lens profile give higher H0 from the same data—see the “radial-index versus h” plots in WS for examples.
Beware the Non-uniqueness of Einstein Rings
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