Definition of degeneracy in English:

degeneracy

noun

  • [mass noun] The state or quality of being degenerate.

    ‘the degeneracy of later Roman work’
    • ‘Coming on like a gang of existentialists they glorified degeneracy, nihilism, decadence and alcoholism.’
    • ‘Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid.’
    • ‘The ‘decline of morality’ in subsequent Western culture should not be seen as a mere falling-away, but a tendency to degeneracy lying in the very standpoint of moral autonomy itself.’
    • ‘They think it rather the corruption and degeneracy than the sound constitution of a republic.’
    • ‘Conversely, it is conceivable that they just enjoy drenching themselves in an acid rain of squalor and degeneracy, and that their disciples are self-loathing masochists.’
    • ‘Gender crossing was at once a symptom and a sign of sexual degeneracy.’
    • ‘I'm not having her study among such degeneracy.’
    • ‘After 1870, religious bigotry gave way to racial bigotry; all non-Anglo Saxon peoples were described as permanently inferior due to their intellectual, moral, and physical degeneracy.’
    • ‘But I do recognize forms of degeneracy and decadence, which have been imposed upon human behavior, which some people mistake, for the essential nature of man.’
    • ‘Today's assault on working-class degeneracy only confirms how degenerate the political and cultural elite has become.’
    • ‘When I told him about this tidal wave of degeneracy, he advised me not to panic.’
    • ‘Sometimes, it changes people's lives, sometimes it leads people to degeneracy.’
    • ‘He clearly believes that a culture that permits women and homosexuals to run around freely, just like normal people, is on the verge of collapse from sheer moral degeneracy.’
    • ‘To many it is considered a sign of degeneracy not to be interested in it.’
    • ‘Opium smokers had a darker reputation connected to poverty, vice, and degeneracy, and aroused public antipathy long before other types of addicts did so.’
    • ‘‘The song is indicative of perhaps more degeneracy and depravity than I've actually experienced,’ he admits.’
    • ‘A corrupting influence on young boys (nothing said about girls), a symbol of decadence and degeneracy, everything else you can imagine in between.’
    • ‘But he never succumbed to the lure of rock 'n' roll degeneracy, generally avoiding both the gossip columns and the gutter.’
    • ‘Dazzling, rapid-fire prose and fast, dry dialogue lend tragicomic humour to these tales of individualists who nosedive inevitably into degeneracy, despair, desperation and disillusion.’
    • ‘In time, idiocy, defined once again as permanent and untreatable, became identified with degeneracy, willful noncompliance and moral corruption.’
    corruption, corruptness, decadence, moral decay, dissipation, dissoluteness, dissolution, profligacy, depravity, perversion, pervertedness, vice, immorality, lack of morals, lack of principles, baseness, turpitude, wickedness, evil, sin, sinfulness, ungodliness
    debauchery, lewdness, lechery, lecherousness, lasciviousness, licentiousness, libidinousness, promiscuity, wantonness, libertinism, intemperance
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Pronunciation:

degeneracy

/dɪˈdʒɛnərəsi/