Definition for DE-GEN'ER-A-CY

DE-GEN'ER-A-CY, n. [See Degenerate, the verb.]

  1. A growing worse or inferior; a decline in good qualities; or a state or being less valuable; as, the degeneracy of a plant.
  2. In morals, decay of virtue; a growing worse; departure from the virtues of ancestors; desertion of that which is good. We speak of the degeneracy of men in modern times, or of the degeneracy of manners, of the age, of virtue, &c., sometimes without reason.
  3. Poorness; meanness; as, a degeneracy of spirit.

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