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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
  to grow worse; or describing a person or situation that is worse in the sense of deviating from what is socially acceptable
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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
  • Like Lincoln, many northern soldiers saw secession as a deadly challenge to the foundation of law and order on which all societies must rest if they are not to degenerate into anarchy.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • "You’ve been badly infected by that degeneracy," he continued.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • Performed in a monastery, in company with a robed Franciscan, the act seemed somewhat less degenerate.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • They’re degenerate, sexual maniacs.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • How then could he have begotten a son like Nwoye, degenerate and effeminate?
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Why, the degenerate fellow might as well have been a fiddler!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • According to Robert Stevenson, one of the scientists involved in the meeting, their goal was to keep the field from "degenerating into complete chaos."
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • I’m afraid I’ve degenerated into a bibliophile.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon

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  • Not to appear to disgrace his family, to degenerate from the popular qualities, or lose the influence of the Pemberley House, is a powerful motive.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The risk is that we who keep wild will go savage—degenerate into a sort of big, savage ratů.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • "Nephew, I believe—but in any case degenerate successor—of the polished Marquis who was murdered," said one.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • When fate wronged me, I had not the wisdom to remain cool: I turned desperate; then I degenerated.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • But in the next century the movement began to degenerate.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • As to my own little practice, it seems to be degenerating into an agency for recovering lost lead pencils and giving advice to young ladies from boarding-schools.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I worked hard to get where I am today, and I didn’t become captain of a Vogon constructor ship simply so I could turn it into a taxi service for a load of degenerate freeloaders.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Idris must be freed from the influence of the degenerate races, and Earth made proof against the demonic threat.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • The rays simply destroyed body cells — caused their nuclei to degenerate and broke their walls.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • And individuals too, the human stock goes on, even though it degenerates.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Sometimes their play degenerated into battles, and in these battles the king was not always the stronger.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • I heard of the slothful Asiatics, of the stupendous genius and mental activity of the Grecians, of the wars and wonderful virtue of the early Romans—of their subsequent degenerating—of the decline of that mighty empire, of chivalry, Christianity, and kings.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • And note that this is most filthy and deadening and brutalizing work; that it is a cause of anemia, nervousness, ugliness, and ill-temper; of prostitution, suicide, and insanity; of drunken husbands and degenerate children—for all of which things the community has naturally to pay.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Poetry was a symptom of weakness, of degeneracy and decay.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • But why do men degenerate ever?
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Instantly, his expression degenerated to viciousness.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • But may it not be, that while the whales of the present hour are an advance in magnitude upon those of all previous geological periods; may it not be, that since Adam’s time they have degenerated?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I don’t know whether I am getting older and more demanding, or whether the human race is degenerating, but the world didn’t seem to be so barren of intelligence in my youth.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • A father, and a gracious aged man, Whose reverence even the head-lugg’d bear would lick, Most barbarous, most degenerate, have you madded.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • In 1984, during an expedition to Nepal’s Annapur terious disease that had degenerated into a chronic on na Massif, he’d been stricken with a mys.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Her n’s were textbook neat, a striking comparison with his own, which had degenerated into a humpbacked scrawl.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Do these miserable animals presume to think, that I am so degenerated as to defend my veracity?
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • "Come, is Babylon reformed, or have you degenerated?" she added, glancing with a simper at Kitty.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • "I’m doing my best, ma’am, but can’t get much higher, I’m afraid, as six feet is about all men can do in these degenerate days," responded the young gentleman, whose head was about level with the little chandelier.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • The best of them convinced themselves that Arthur was newfangled, and that his knights were degenerate from the standards of their fathers.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Rushing, degenerate mutter of noises I send out before me wherever I creep, like a dragon burning his way through vines and fog.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • Calling people perverts and degenerates.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • The discussion degenerated quickly after that.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • Yet I had come in the degenerate day of trolley, bicycle and rural delivery, when communication was easy between the scattered mountain villages, and the bigger towns in the valleys, such as Bettsbridge and Shadd’s Falls, had libraries, theatres and Y. M. C. A. halls to which the youth of the hills could descend for recreation.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • Everything has degenerated in this century, even the rascals.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • 12 BOLOGNA Actually, it was not Captain Black but Sergeant Knight who triggered the solemn panic of Bologna, slipping silently off the truck for two extra flak suits as soon as he learned the target and signaling the start of the grim procession back into the parachute tent that degenerated into a frantic stampede finally before all the extra flak suits were gone.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • But alas! the creature grows degenerate.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • —The sight of Front-de-Boeuf himself is less odious to me than thou, degraded and degenerate as thou art.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • I resolved to do what I could, in a quiet way, to improve our proceedings myself, but I foresaw that my utmost would be very little, or I must degenerate into the spider again, and be for ever lying in wait.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He only writes about degenerates.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • There was now no point in a war that might once have been justified as a search for free subsistence and living space — it had degenerated into vast, inhuman mass slaughter, negating all cultural values, and it can never be justified to the German people; it will be utterly condemned by the nation as a whole.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • This constitutional form must beware of degenerating into an "oligarchy"—when the government is run by a few people.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Scudder: Is a criminal degenerate sane or insane is a question that lots of law courts haven’t been able to settle.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • In the disorder of the past year, when the central command fell apart and the revolution degenerated into a bloody rivalry of leaders, it was impossible to determine any responsibility.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The company had by this time decidedly degenerated, and the renewed inquiry was received with a laugh of appreciation.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
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