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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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Grow worse

Watch out! You may see this word with another pronunciation and its meaning is then different.
Used as a verb, listen here, it means: Grow worse. Used as a noun, listen here, it means: A person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable.

Usage examples (29)
  • Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow.
  • Verb (used without object) : The morale of the soldiers degenerated, and they were unable to fight. ,The debate degenerated into an exchange of insults
  • Adjective : a degenerate king. ,a degenerate vine. ,degenerate times
  • It is a familiar fact that the armor which inclosed them will not hold those whom we call their degenerate children. for more
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  • ''degenerate" is a heteronym, which means you may find it with different pronunciations and different meanings.
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