Degenerationist

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Degenerationist (Biol) A believer in the theory of degeneration, or hereditary degradation of type; as, the degenerationists hold that savagery is the result of degeneration from a superior state.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n degenerationist One who advocates the theory of degeneration; one who believes that the general tendency of organized beings, especially of man in his mental and moral life, is to degenerate; one who maintains that the natural course of civilization is downward rather than upward.
    • degenerationist Pertaining to the theory of degeneration.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Degenerationist one who believes that the tendency of man is not to improve, but to degenerate
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. degenerāre, -ātum, to depart from its kind—de, from, down, genus, genĕris, kind.