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used in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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to grow worse; or describing a person or situation that is worse in the sense of deviating from what is socially acceptable
  • The new ones start out as good-looking strangers and, depending on how they are treated, degenerate rapidly into bad-acting grouches or even cripples, or else turn into healthy, good-natured, long-lasting friends.
    Part 1 (47% in)
  • But they don't carry any suggestion that insanity might be something other than sickness or degeneracy.
    Afterward (22% in)
  • Hippies weren't really offering any alternatives other than colorful short-term ones, and some of these were looking more and more like pure degeneracy.
    Afterward (34% in)
  • Degeneracy can be fun but it's hard to keep up as a serious lifetime occupation.
    Afterward (34% in)

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