Definition of degeneration in English:



mass noun
  • 1The state or process of being or becoming degenerate; decline or deterioration.

    ‘overgrazing has caused serious degeneration of grassland’
    • ‘What we have is, we have a general cultural degeneration, of the institution of the family.’
    • ‘Time is thus measured as the extent to which one's virtuous labor gives way to corruption and degeneration.’
    • ‘The murder has shocked a community that in recent years has tried to shrug off a poor image of poverty and degeneration.’
    • ‘The social degeneration that the government's abdication of its role has caused has not been identified with any real clarity.’
    • ‘How does he propose to fix the problem of moral degeneration and cultural decline?’
    • ‘Once you start a war, never think you can control its degeneration and its consequences.’
    • ‘When we focus only on delinquent students, we allow some of the real culprits in this cycle of school degeneration to escape unscathed.’
    • ‘However, the 1980s marked the completion of the process of degeneration of the unions.’
    • ‘At the same time, the pernicious influence of new urban cultural patterns could share some of the blame for rural degeneration.’
    • ‘They were pessimists, who refused to see history in terms of progress, and instead saw it as a desperate struggle against degeneration.’
    • ‘We are not dealing with merely a process of intellectual degeneration.’
    • ‘Their complete failure results into their degeneration into savagery.’
    • ‘Then as now technical progress and terror of social degeneration were two sides of the same process.’
    • ‘But students could begin to challenge the degeneration of higher education by demanding a bit more.’
    • ‘Our society has almost sunk into abysmal moral degeneration and deterioration.’
    • ‘She believes that parents cannot escape the responsibility for the degeneration in the study of arts.’
    • ‘With these measures in place, we are optimistic that initiatives to control youth degeneration would begin to bear fruit.’
    • ‘The degeneration is even more evident in the literature and philosophy courses at the secondary level.’
    • ‘Uncontrolled and unplanned tourism has led to natural, cultural and social degeneration inside the so-called host nations.’
    • ‘That last sentence in particular registers a serious demoralisation and also political degeneration.’
    deterioration, decline, decay, debasement, degradation, slide, sinking, descent, drop, regression, retrogression, lapse
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    1. 1.1Medicine Deterioration and loss of function in the cells of a tissue or organ.
      ‘degeneration of the muscle fibres’
      • ‘Menopause is the transition period of the degeneration of ovarian functions.’
      • ‘Radiation therapy for exudative macular degeneration has also been attempted.’
      • ‘Histopathology shows degeneration of the smooth muscle with fibrosis.’
      • ‘All biopsies showed evidence of muscle fiber degeneration and regeneration.’
      • ‘It damages the nerve cells in the brain and causes degeneration, deterioration and gradual loss of function of areas of the brain.’
      deterioration, decline, decay, debasement, degradation, slide, sinking, descent, drop, regression, retrogression, lapse
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