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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Degenerate  \De*gen"er*ate\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Degenerated}; 
  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Degenerating}.] 
  1.  To  be  or  grow  worse  than  one's  kind  or  than  one  was 
  originally;  hence  to  be  inferior;  to  grow  poorer,  meaner, 
  or  more  vicious;  to  decline  in  good  qualities;  to 
  deteriorate. 
 
  When  wit  transgresseth  decency,  it  degenerates  into 
  insolence  and  impiety.  --Tillotson. 
 
  2.  (Biol.)  To  fall  off  from  the  normal  quality  or  the  healthy 
  structure  of  its  kind  to  become  of  a  lower  type 




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