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degenerate

1. Physics
a. (of the constituents of a system) having the same energy but different wave functions
b. (of a semiconductor) containing a similar number of electrons in the conduction band to the number of electrons in the conduction band of metals
c. (of a resonant device) having two or more modes of equal frequency
2. Biology (of a plant or animal) having undergone degeneration
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It will not be well for you to permit Tars Tarkas to learn that you hold such degenerate sentiments, as I doubt that he would care to entrust such as you with the grave responsibilities of maternity.
I may be mistaken, but I believe that Raoul will be as accomplished a gentleman as our degenerate age could display.
The Wallah-Wallahs are a degenerate, worn-out tribe.
The cub reporter was an artist, and it was a large brush with which he laid on the local color - wild-eyed long-haired men, neurasthenia and degenerate types of men, voices shaken with passion, clenched fists raised on high, and all projected against a background of oaths, yells, and the throaty rumbling of angry men.
How little real sympathy there exists between us; how many of my thoughts and feelings are gloomily cloistered within my own mind; how much of my higher and better self is indeed unmarried - doomed either to harden and sour in the sunless shade of solitude, or to quite degenerate and fall away for lack of nutriment in this unwholesome soil
He exclaimed scientifically, in the extremity of his astonishment: "The degenerate - by heavens
He was excessively terrified at her - the sister of the degenerate - a degenerate herself of a murdering type .
He was scientific, and he gazed scientifically at that woman, the sister of a degenerate, a degenerate herself - of a murdering type.
We cannot allow this place, the historical center of Santo Domingo [in the Dominican Republic], to be taken over by foreign and Dominican degenerates.
But he gets pulled back in (the hysterics in ``The Godfather: Part III''), and the movie degenerates into a comic opera of bad acting, spurting blood and slow-motion violence.