Fear ever argues a degenerate kind; His birth is well asserted by his mind.
They list with women each degenerate name, Who dares not hazard life for future fame.
A more degenerate and discolor’d age Succeeded this, with avarice and rage.
The trembling women, the degenerate train, Who shunn’d the frightful dangers of the main, Ev’n those desire to sail, and take their share Of the rough passage and the promis’d war: Whom good Aeneas cheers, and recommends To their new master’s care his fearful friends.
Then thus, with winged words, the god began, Resuming his own shape: "Degenerate man, Thou woman’s property, what mak’st thou here, These foreign walls and Tyrian tow’rs to rear, Forgetful of thy own?
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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.