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degenerate
 v.  become worse; decline; fall
Classic Sentence: (17 in 2 pages)
1  Not to appear to disgrace his family, to degenerate from the popular qualities, or lose the influence of the Pemberley House, is a powerful motive.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 16
2  In relating these and the following laws, I would only be understood to mean the original institutions, and not the most scandalous corruptions, into which these people are fallen by the degenerate nature of man.
Gulliver's Travels(V1) By Jonathan Swift
Get Context   In PART 1: CHAPTER VI.
3  They caused that revolution, at first so remarkable for its unanimity, to degenerate into a quarrel.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 10: CHAPTER I—THE SURFACE OF THE QUESTION
4  And all is well, provided that the light returns and that the eclipse does not degenerate into night.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER XX—THE DEAD ARE IN THE RIGHT AND THE LIVING ARE N...
5  Half a dozen squatters from a degenerate colony in a brush-hidden hollow, planters of potatoes, suspected thieves, came in noisily drunk.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXII
6  A man--I forget his name--a man connected with some Institute, a man who goes about giving advice, gratis, to descendants like ourselves, degenerate descendants, said.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 3
7  We degenerate into hideous puppets, haunted by the memory of the passions of which we were too much afraid, and the exquisite temptations that we had not the courage to yield to.
The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde
Get Context   In CHAPTER 2
8  In our school the boys' faces seemed in a special way to degenerate and grow stupider.
Notes from the Underground By Feodor Dostoevsky
Get Context   In PART 2: III
9  Answering whom Euryalus speaks thus: 'Let but the day never come to prove me degenerate from this daring valour; fortune may fall prosperous or adverse.'
The Aeneid By Virgil
Get Context   In BOOK NINTH
10  For a Monarchy readily becomes a Tyranny, an Aristocracy an Oligarchy, while a Democracy tends to degenerate into Anarchy.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli
Get Context   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER II.
11  And therefore a king governing in a settled kingdom, leaves to be a king, and degenerates into a tyrant, as soon as he leaves off to rule according to his laws.
Second Treatise of Government By John Locke
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVIII
12  When fate wronged me, I had not the wisdom to remain cool: I turned desperate; then I degenerated.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIV
13  And truly is he so spoken of," said the Grand Master; "in our valour only we are not degenerated from our predecessors, the heroes of the Cross.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXV
14  Everything has degenerated in this century, even the rascals.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 2: CHAPTER VI—IN WHICH MAGNON AND HER TWO CHILDREN ARE SEEN
15  One thing he did with more sincerity confess to was that living so long in Moscow, a life of nothing but conversation, eating and drinking, he was degenerating.
Anna Karenina(V3) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 7: Chapter 11
Example Sentence:
1  Not to appear to disgrace his family, to degenerate from the popular qualities, or lose the influence.
2  Liberty often degenerates into lawlessness.
3  Standards in the administration of justice have degenerated.
4  The wide paved road degenerated into a narrow bumpy track.
5  The conference degenerated into a complete fiasco.
6  The morale of the enemy soldiers degenerated, and they were unable to fight.
7  Their debate degenerated into an exchange of insults.
8  The quiet tone of pathos that ran through the novel never degenerated into the maudlin or the overly sentimental.
9  Nothing went right; the entire interview degenerated into a farce.
10  Her commitment to a great cause degenerated from a crusade into an obsession.