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Definition 1: a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for degenerate in the sense of this definition

(degenerate is a kind of ...) a person without moral scruples

(... is a kind of degenerate ) man with strong sexual desires

(... is a kind of degenerate ) someone who enjoys both sadism and masochism

(... is a kind of degenerate ) someone who obtains pleasure from inflicting pain on others

(... is a kind of degenerate ) one who engages in fetishism (especially of a sexual nature)

(... is a kind of degenerate ) an adult who is sexually attracted to children

(... is a kind of degenerate ) a man who has sex (usually sodomy) with a boy as the passive partner

(... is a kind of degenerate ) a woman with abnormal sexual desires

(... is a kind of degenerate ) someone who obtains pleasure from receiving punishment

(... is a kind of degenerate ) someone who engages in anal copulation (especially a male who engages in anal copulation with another male)

Definition 2: grow worse - [verb of body]

Samples where degenerate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her condition deteriorated
  • Conditions in the slums degenerated
  • The discussion devolved into a shouting match

Synonyms for degenerate in the sense of this definition

(degenerate is a kind of ...) grow worse

"Conditions in the slum worsened"

(... is a kind of degenerate ) lose interest or become bored with something or somebody

"I'm so tired of your mother and her complaints about my food"

(... is a kind of degenerate ) become feeble

"The prisoner has been languishing for years in the dungeon"

(... is a kind of degenerate ) become physically weaker

"Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"

Definition 3: unrestrained by convention or morality - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where degenerate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society
  • deplorably dissipated and degraded
  • riotous living
  • fast women

Synonyms for degenerate in the sense of this definition

(degenerate is similar to ...) deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong

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