Instead, the tone in Quebec has degenerated to “my-way-or-the-highway.”
In other hands, this scenario might have degenerated into a caricature-filled freak show.
Like the rest of our world, his city had degenerated into subdead induced bedlam.
What was initially intended to be a celebration of music has degenerated into a weird marriage of fashion and commerce.
Within the committee, partisan bickering has degenerated to personal distrust.
Ay, ay, ay; the times have degenerated in every thing;—even in harps.
Before five miles were passed, the retreat had degenerated into a mere rout.
Say, that Serafina was enamoured of a peasant; say, that she had degenerated from the honour of her race.
On the other hand, he has not degenerated from some ideal pacific state.
The road coming out from Liscannor was a real road as far as the burying ground, but from thence onward it had degenerated.
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.