degenerating

[ verb dih-jen-uh-reyt; adjective, noun dih-jen-er-it ]SEE DEFINITION OF degenerating
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DEGENERATING

Ladies, ladies—this is degenerating into a mere hammer-fest.

The world has been degenerating into a maudlin state of sentiment for some years.

Having been a coxcomb in his youth, Fox was now degenerating into the sloven.

He looked as if he were degenerating into the grub even before he died.

Cows that are degenerating into consumption are exceedingly subject to abortion.

The gallantry of privateering was degenerating into the bloody brutality of piracy.

Her walk was degenerating into a waddle; stairs caused her to grunt.

Perhaps Hals was degenerating with the passing age—certainly he was ageing.

There is no greater horror than the degenerating soul which says, All for myself.

The child seems then to have been born of a failing and degenerating stock.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, from Latin degeneratus, past participle of degenerare "fall from ancestral quality" (see degenerate (adj.)). Figurative sense of "to fall off, decline" was in Latin. Related: Degenerated; degenerating.

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