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degenerate
used in Notes from the Underground

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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
  • In our school the boys' faces seemed in a special way to degenerate and grow stupider.
    2.3 — Part 2 Chapter 3 (62% in)
  • The romantic is always intelligent, and I only meant to observe that although we have had foolish romantics they don't count, and they were only so because in the flower of their youth they degenerated into Germans, and to preserve their precious jewel more comfortably, settled somewhere out there—by preference in Weimar or the Black Forest.
    2.1 — Part 2 Chapter 1 (32% in)

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