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degenerate (reprobate)

Definition:

a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable, especially in sexual behavior

Class:

person noun (people)

Plural:

degenerates

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

deviant | deviate | pervert | perv [informal] | perve [informal]

Etymology:

[adjective] from Latin degeneratus, past participle of ... | [verb] from Latin...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of degenerate...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

deviant

deviating, as from what is considered acceptable behaviour | a person whose behaviour, especially sexual behaviour, deviates from what is considered ... (20 of 407 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/deviant

Merriam-Webster:

deviant | aberrant [synonym] | aberrational [synonym] | abnormal [synonym] | anomalous [synonym] | atypical [synonym] | deviate [synonym] | devious [synonym] | irregular [synonym] | ...

deviating especially from an accepted norm (6 of 145 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/deviant

Oxford Dictionary:

deviant

departing from usual or accepted standards, especially in social or sexual behaviour | [insulting] : homosexual. | a deviant person or thing (20 of 78 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/deviant

American Heritage Dictionary:

deviant | deviance [noun, related] | deviancy [noun, related]

Differing from a norm or from the accepted standards of a society. | One that differs from a norm, especially a person whose behavior and attitudes ... (25 of 56 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/deviant

Wiktionary:

deviant | deviants [plural]

Of or pertaining to a deviation; characterized by deviation from an expectation or a social standard. | A person who deviates, especially from norms of social behavior. | A thing, phenomenon, or trend that deviates from an expectation or pattern. (38 of 46 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/deviant

Macmillan British Dictionary:

deviant [countable, formal, noun] | deviants [plural]

someone who behaves in a way that most people do not consider normal or morally correct (16 of 42 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/deviant 4

deviant

deviant behaviour is not considered normal or morally correct by most people (12 of 35 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/deviant

New World Dictionary:

deviant | deviance [related]

deviating, especially from what is considered normal in a group or for a society | a person whose behavior is deviant (20 of 39 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/deviant

Random House Dictionary:

deviant

deviating or departing from the norm; characterized by deviation. | a person or thing that deviates or departs markedly from the accepted norm. (22 of 31 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/deviant

Cambridge Dictionary:

deviant [entry 1] | deviate [United States]

describes a person or behaviour that is not usual and is generally considered to be unacceptable (16 of 23 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/deviant 1

deviant [entry 2] | deviance [noun, derived]

someone whose behaviour, especially sexual behaviour, is deviant (8 of 20 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/deviant 2

Wikipedia:

Degeneracy [disambiguation]

may refer to: Degeneracy (quantum mechanics), a property of quantum states sharing the same energy levels | Degeneracy (mathematics), a limiting case in which a class of object changes its nature so as to belong to another, usually simpler, class | ... (39 of 394 words, 18 definitions)

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Encarta Dictionary:

deviant | deviants [plural]

diverging sharply from a customary, traditional, or generally accepted standard, or displaying such divergent behavior | an offensive term for ... (19 of 70 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861604226​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

degenerate

First use: 1540s | late 15th century

Origin: [adjective] from Latin degeneratus, past participle of ... | [verb] from Latin degeneratus, past participle of degenerare "fall from ... (22 of 78 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=degenerate

Oxford Dictionary:

degenerate

First use: late 15th century

Origin: Latin degeneratus "no longer of its kind", from the verb degenerare, from degener "debased", from de- "away from" + genus, gener- "race, kind"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/degenerate

New World Dictionary:

degenerate | degenerated [past tense] | degenerating [present participle]

Origin: Latin degeneratus, past participle of degenerare, to become unlike one's race, degenerate from degener, not genuine, base from ... (18 of 24 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

degenerate | degenerated [past tense] | degenerating [present participle] | degenerates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin dēgenerātus, past participle of dēgenerāre, to depart from one's own kind, deteriorate: dē-, de- + ... (16 of 23 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

degenerate | degenerates [plural] | degenerated [past tense] | degenerating [present participle]

Origin: Latin degeneratus, past participle of degenerare ("to degenerate"), from degener ("ignoble"), from de ("from, down") + genus ("race, kind"); see genus, general.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/degenerate

Collins Dictionary:

degenerate

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Latin dēgenerāre, from dēgener departing from its kind, ignoble, from de- + genus origin, race

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/degenerate

Merriam-Webster:

degenerate [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English degenerat, from Latin degeneratus, past participle of degenerare to degenerate, from de- + gener-, genus race, kind

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/degenerate

Encarta Dictionary:

degenerate | degenerates [plural] | degenerated [past tense] | degenerating [present participle]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Latin degenerat-, past participle of degenerare "depart from your own kind" from genus "race, kind"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861603393​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

degenerate [intransitive] | degenerated [past tense] | degenerating [present participle] | degenerates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "degenerate"

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degenerate [adjective]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "degenerate"

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degenerate [countable, formal, noun] | degenerates [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "degenerate"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

degenerate [intransitive] | degenerated [past tense] | degenerating [present participle] | degenerates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "degenerate"

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degenerate [adjective]

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degenerate [countable, formal, noun] | degenerates [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "degenerate"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

degenerate [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "degenerate"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "degenerate"

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degenerate [entry 3, formal disapproving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "degenerate"

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the Free Dictionary:

degenerate

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "degenerate"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "degenerate" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

degenerate | degenerates [plural] | degenerated [past tense] | degenerating [present participle]

Audio 1: English pronunciation of "degenerate"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

degenerate

Audio: North American pronunciation of "degenerate"

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degenerate

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degenerate

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YourDictionary Audio:

degenerate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "degenerate" by speech synthesizer

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