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1. degenerate

noun. ['dɪˈdʒɛnɝət, dɪˈdʒɛnɝˌeɪt'] a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior.

Synonyms

  • miscreant
  • letch
  • lech
  • deviate
  • nympho
  • sodomite
  • sod
  • pervert
  • sadist
  • lecher
  • pedophile
  • fetishist
  • satyr
  • masochist
  • deviant
  • sodomist
  • nymphomaniac
  • reprobate
  • child molester
  • sadomasochist
  • pederast
  • bugger
  • paederast

Antonyms

  • masochist
  • unneurotic
  • incorrupt
  • approbate

Etymology

  • degeneratus (Latin)

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Words that Rhyme with Degenerate

  • regenerate
  • cogenerate
  • venerate

Example sentences of the word degenerate


1. Verb, base form
Over time this cartilage can begin to degenerate, causing pain and the inability to move your knee freely.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Meniscal injuries degenerate without treatment, so you should see a veterinary surgeon to discuss your options.

3. Noun, singular or mass
Nation of Islam leaders have traditionally considered homosexuality as degenerate and contrary to God’s purpose for humans.

Quotes containing the word degenerate


1. But we never get back our youth… The pulse of joy that beats in us at twenty becomes sluggish. Our limbs fail, our senses rot. We degenerate into hideous puppets, haunted by the memory of the passions of which we were too much afraid, and the exquisite temptations that we had not the courage to yield to.
- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

2. He who hears the rippling of rivers in these degenerate days will not utterly despair.
- Henry David Thoreau

3. Here is your great soul—the man who has given himself over to Fate; on the other hand, that man is a weakling and a degenerate who struggles and maligns the order of the universe and would rather reform the gods than reform himself.
- Seneca, Letters From A Stoic: Epistulae Morales AD Lucilium (Illustrated. Newly revised text. Includes Image Gallery + Audio): All Three Volumes

2. degenerate

verb. ['dɪˈdʒɛnɝət, dɪˈdʒɛnɝˌeɪt'] grow worse.

Synonyms

  • devolve
  • decline
  • weary
  • waste
  • pall
  • worsen
  • fatigue
  • jade
  • rot
  • deteriorate
  • drop
  • languish
  • fade

Antonyms

  • better
  • accept
  • refresh
  • interest

Etymology

  • degeneratus (Latin)

3. degenerate

adjective. ['dɪˈdʒɛnɝət, dɪˈdʒɛnɝˌeɪt'] unrestrained by convention or morality.

Synonyms

  • riotous
  • dissolute
  • degraded
  • debauched
  • dissipated
  • immoral
  • profligate
  • fast

Antonyms

  • conform
  • equal
  • normal
  • uncover

Etymology

  • degeneratus (Latin)
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