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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
The Wallah-Wallahs are a degenerate, worn-out tribe.
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.
Gilbert: Vegas is a wide open town, and you can get away with just about anything, It's made for degenerates like us.