• WordNet 3.6
    • n degeneration passing from a more complex to a simpler biological form
    • n degeneration the process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality
    • n degeneration the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • Degeneration (Biol) A gradual deterioration, from natural causes, of any class of animals or plants or any particular organ or organs; hereditary degradation of type.
    • Degeneration (Physiol) That condition of a tissue or an organ in which its vitality has become either diminished or perverted; a substitution of a lower for a higher form of structure; as, fatty degeneration of the liver.
    • Degeneration The act or state of growing worse, or the state of having become worse; decline; degradation; debasement; degeneracy; deterioration. "Our degeneration and apostasy."
    • Degeneration The thing degenerated. "Cockle, aracus, . . . and other degenerations ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n degeneration A loss or impairment of the qualities peculiar to the race or kind, or to a type; reduction to a lower type in some scale of being.
    • n degeneration Specifically Loss or impairment of natural or proper qualities; descent to an inferior state; the act of becoming or the state of having become inferior, especially with respect to moral qualities.
    • n degeneration In physiology, any process by which a tissue or substance becomes replaced by some other regarded as less highly organized, less complex in composition, of inferior physiological rank, or less suited for the performance of its original functions.
    • n degeneration A degenerate animal or plant; an organism of a degraded type.
    • n degeneration A progressive departure of a family from the normal condition: shown in the first generation by a nervous temperament, moral depravity, and excesses; in the second by tendency to apoplexy and severe neuroses frequently with alcoholism; in the third by mental derangement, suicide, and intellectual weakness; and in the fourth by hereditary imbecility, deformities, arrested development, and sterility.
    • n degeneration In geology, disintegration produced by weathering.
    • n degeneration Wallerian degeneration proceeding in a direction from the periphery toward the center.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Degeneration the act or process of becoming degenerate: the state of being degenerate
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  • Dean William R. Inge
    “I think middle-age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Where does one not find that bland degeneration which beer produces in the spirit!”
  • English Saying
    English Saying
    “A degenerate nobleman is like a turnip. There is nothing good of him but that which is underground.”
  • Simone Weil
    “In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.”
  • Virgil
    “Fear is proof of a degenerate mind.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “In a healthy nation there is a kind of dramatic balance between the will of the people and the government, which prevents its degeneration into tyranny.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. dégénération,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. degenerāre, -ātum, to depart from its kind—de, from, down, genus, genĕris, kind.


In literature:

She was full of the vulgar shrewdness of a degenerate race, for the old acumen of that race had sharpened her wits.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Repartee should be indulged in with moderation, and never kept up, as it degenerates into the vulgarity of an altercation.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
But soon they softened their manners, taking the flowing robes, the indolent life, the superstitious religion of the degenerate Assyrians.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
Immediate suturing of the ends does not affect the degeneration of the distal segment.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Back of her African gentleness was an almost Yankee shrewdness, and the firm will which now and then degenerated into obstinacy.
"Contrary Mary" by Temple Bailey
There are as many fools and cranks in the world as there are villains and degenerates.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
Hence, the degeneration that characterizes the disease has been designated as waxy degeneration.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Their churches had degenerated into eating and drinking clubs.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
Signorelli here degenerates into no mediaeval ugliness and mere barbarity of form.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds
Signorelli here degenerates into no mediaeval ugliness and mere barbarity of form.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds

In poetry:

Type of the greater change that then
Upon our hapless nature fell,
When the degenerate hearts of men
Bore sin and all the thorns of hell.
"The Progress Of The Rose" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Christ is a Deity of wond'rous might,
Who pardon's ev'ry contrite sinner's vice,
Who our degenerate nature sets to right,
Who ruins Satan's labour in a trice.
"Advice To A Sinner, To Come To Christ" by Rees Prichard
But if Regard to Worth or Sense is shewn,
That poor degenerate Child her Friends disown,
Who dares to deviate, by a virtuous Choice,
From her great Name's hereditary Vice.
"An Elegy To A Young Lady" by James Hammond
Or changed by years, forgotten and forgetting,
Dull-eared, dim-sighted, slow of speech and thought,
Still o'er the sad, degenerate present fretting,
Where all goes wrong, and nothing as it ought?
"The Iron Gate" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Majestic mosques and churches throughout our wretched land,
Spires and minarets towering over lowly homes,
The voice of the hodja and priest in one degenerate chant,
Oh, ideal vision, a thousand years old!
"Blasphemy" by Millosh Gjergj Nikolla
Majestic mosques and churches throughout our wretched land,
Spires and minarets towering over lowly homes,
The voice of the hodja and priest in one degenerate chant,
Oh, ideal vision, a thousand years old!
"Blasphemy" by Migjeni

In news:

Wayfair recently furnished a house for an Ellen DeGeneres fan and each room had its own board on Wayfair's Pinterest page.
Ellen DeGeneres Copies Miley Cyrus' Pixie Cut.
Ellen DeGeneres and Miley Cyrus Credit: Facebook.
Transparent multilayer films used in food packaging keep nature's degenerating forces at bay.
Did you catch Taylor Swift and Hollywood hunk Zac Efron on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday (Feb 22).
Ellen DeGeneres clashes with ' prima donna ' Simon Cowell after he's more than an hour late for 'Idol'.
Ellen DeGeneres clashes with 'prima donna' Simon Cowell after he's more than an hour late for 'Idol'.
The host reveals a different side of himself on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show.".
When a retina is degenerated, these photoreceptor cells die and there is no message to send.
Rebel Wilson, Elen DeGeneres Cover 'Shoop'.
Later in life, he became legally blind over the span of about one year due to macular degeneration.
Styles, who was in Los Angeles for an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this week, reportedly spent the day with Swift as she rehearsed for her the X Factor performance.
Daytime talkshows fronted by Phil McGraw and Ellen DeGeneres, below, are the syndicated firstrun strips that benefit most from DVR playback.
The former Desperate Housewives star opened up about the creepy goings-on at home during a recent appearance on America's Ellen DeGeneres Show - and then realised her kids would be watching.
Christina Aguilera sat down with Ellen DeGeneres recently and shared the reasoning behind always carrying a fan in her hand while on The Voice.

In science:

As a consequence triply degenerate p states (for the both the spins) split into two states as a singly degenerate and doubly degenerate once, retaining the exchange splitting between up and down.
Ferromagnetism in Carbon doped Zinc Oxide Systems
That is, in the same way that the temperature and size of an individual spot are degenerate (see Fig. 6), the sizes of the two spots relative to one another are degenerate unless their temperatures are fixed.
Near-Infrared Light Curves of the Brown Dwarf Eclipsing Binary 2MASS J05352184-0546085: Can Spots Explain the Temperature Reversal?
Random layered structures can also be used for spectrally non-degenerate emission of photon pairs though the generation of a suitable structure is an order of magnitude more difficult compared to the spectrally degenerate case.
Random nonlinear layered structures as sources of photon pairs for quantum-information processing
Proposition 2.17 still holds — degenerations of the central charge for which the charge of no semi-stable vanishes lift to degenerations of stability conditions — even though the given proof is invalid.
Stability conditions, torsion theories and tilting
We refer to the locus Γ ⊂ B where the fibers degenerate as the singular, degenerate or discriminant locus of the SYZ fibration.
Topological Strings and Quantum Curves