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degenerate
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  • —has degenerated very much, and is degenerating every day.
  • "Are we not, sir?" said I. "We have degenerated," he returned, shaking his head, which he could do to a very limited extent in his cravat.
  • Turn that dog’s descendants wild, like Jo, and in a very few years they will so degenerate that they will lose even their bark—but not their bite.
  • —has degenerated very much, and is degenerating every day.
  • It is much in these times (and we have made an awfully degenerating business of it since the days of his Royal Highness the Prince Regent—my patron, if I may presume to say so) to experience that deportment is not wholly trodden under foot by mechanics.
  • So our young friends, reduced to prose (which is much to be regretted), degenerate in their power of imparting pleasure to me.
  • "You are a nonsensical child to have done anything of this kind," said Mrs. Jellyby; "and a degenerate child, when you might have devoted yourself to the great public measure.

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  • "If our search degenerates to that level I’ll be sure to call on you," I said without looking in his direction.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • By nature I am high-strung and animated, but when frustration confronts me head-on, I degenerate into a demoniac.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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