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degenerate
used in Catch-22

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Definition
to grow worse; or describing a person or situation that is worse in the sense of deviating from what is socially acceptable
  • 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.
    Chapter 12 — Bologna (1% in)
  • Then there was the educated Texan from Texas who looked like someone in Technicolor and felt, patriotically, that people of means — decent folk — should be given more votes than drifters, whores, criminals, degenerates, atheists and indecent folk — people without means.
    Chapter 1 — The Texan (26% in)
  • 'He had to move back,' Yossarian argued in a vain effort to cheer up the glum, barrel-chested Indian, whose well-knit sorrel-red face had degenerated rapidly into a dilapidated, calcareous gray.
    Chapter 32 — Yo-Yo's Roomies (66% in)

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