1. [ verb ] become worse or disintegrate
Synonyms: deteriorate

"His mind deteriorated"

Related terms: decay wear go_to_pot deterioration
2. [ verb ] grow worse
Synonyms: deteriorate devolve drop

"Her condition deteriorated" "Conditions in the slums degenerated" "The discussion devolved into a shouting match"

Related terms: recuperate worsen tire age languish waste degeneracy deterioration
3. [ adjective ] unrestrained by convention or morality
Synonyms: degraded dissipated dissolute libertine profligate riotous fast debauched

"Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society" "deplorably dissipated and degraded" "riotous living" "fast women"

Related terms: immoral
4. [ noun ] (sexuality) a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
Synonyms: deviant deviate pervert
Related terms: reprobate nymphomaniac satyr pederast pedofile molester sadomasochist sadist sodomite fetishist masochist paedophile deviate
Similar spelling:   degenerative