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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: degeneratus, from genus 'type, kind, race'

degenerate

2 adjective
     
de‧gen‧e‧rate2
formal morally unacceptable:
The painting was condemned as 'degenerate'.
WORD FOCUS: bad WORD FOCUS: bad
very bad: awful, terrible, horrible, lousy informal, appalling, ghastly, atrocious, horrendous

bad, but not very bad: not very good, mediocre, second-rate, so-so, lacklustre

of bad quality: shoddy, inferior, poor quality, cheap, crummy informal

bad at doing something: be no good at something

very bad at doing something: hopeless, terrible, useless, lousy informal, incompetent

morally bad: evil, wicked, immoral, corrupt, sick, perverted, degenerate


See also
bad

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