Definition of degeneracy in English:

degeneracy

noun

mass noun
  • The state or quality of being degenerate.

    ‘the degeneracy of later Roman work’
    ‘a slide into moral degeneracy’
    • ‘But he never succumbed to the lure of rock 'n' roll degeneracy, generally avoiding both the gossip columns and the gutter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm not having her study among such degeneracy.’
    • ‘Opium smokers had a darker reputation connected to poverty, vice, and degeneracy, and aroused public antipathy long before other types of addicts did so.’
    • ‘A corrupting influence on young boys (nothing said about girls), a symbol of decadence and degeneracy, everything else you can imagine in between.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid.’
    • ‘They think it rather the corruption and degeneracy than the sound constitution of a republic.’
    • ‘‘The song is indicative of perhaps more degeneracy and depravity than I've actually experienced,’ he admits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Coming on like a gang of existentialists they glorified degeneracy, nihilism, decadence and alcoholism.’
    • ‘Today's assault on working-class degeneracy only confirms how degenerate the political and cultural elite has become.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In time, idiocy, defined once again as permanent and untreatable, became identified with degeneracy, willful noncompliance and moral corruption.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
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Pronunciation

degeneracy

/dɪˈdʒɛnərəsi/