Then, with a grin, “And we all know how degenerate those people are.”
Flash forward to our own bloody 20th century and the Nazi bonfires of Jewish, anti-Nazi, and other “degenerate” books.
Being a fan of Liquid Sky carries the cachet of degenerate hipness to this day, 32 years after it was filmed.
He is a progenitor of what could be called the degenerate school of American fiction.
In some cases, they borrowed 40 times more than they had in capital to finance these degenerate gambling sprees.
I am now an old, but 164 healthy skeleton, and degenerate much towards the machine.
It is true, of course, that there is a counter-current of degenerate sons and grandsons.
Chemistry was for them a branch of natural science; of late years it has too much tended to degenerate into a handicraft.
All the higher religions show a tendency to degenerate back to it.
Shame on you, degenerate sons of a brave and chivalrous ancestry!
late 15c., from Latin degeneratus, past participle of degenerare "to be inferior to one's ancestors, to become unlike one's race or kind, fall from ancestral quality," used of physical as well as moral qualities, from phrase de genere, from de + genus (genitive generis) "birth, descent" (see genus). The noun is from 1550s.
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.
degenerate de·gen·er·ate (dĭ-jěn'ər-ĭt)
Characterized by degeneration, as of tissue, a cell, or an organ.
Having lost one or more highly developed functions, characteristics, or structures through evolution.