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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Degeneracy  \De*gen"er*a*cy\,  n.  [From  {Degenerate},  a.] 
  1.  The  act  of  becoming  degenerate;  a  growing  worse. 
 
  Willful  degeneracy  from  goodness.  --Tillotson. 
 
  2.  The  state  of  having  become  degenerate;  decline  in  good 
  qualities;  deterioration;  meanness. 
 
  Degeneracy  of  spirit  in  a  state  of  slavery. 
  --Addison. 
 
  To  recover  mankind  out  of  their  universal  corruption 
  and  degeneracy.  --S.  Clarke. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  degeneracy 
  n  1:  the  state  of  being  degenerate  in  mental  or  moral  qualities 
  [syn:  {degeneration}] 
  2:  moral  perversion;  impairment  of  virtue  and  moral  principles: 
  "the  luxury  and  corruption  among  the  upper  classes"; 
  "moral  degeneracy  followed  intellectual  degeneration"; 
  "its  brothels;  its  opium  parlors;  its  depravity"  [syn:  {corruption}, 
  {depravity}] 




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