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Degenerate, adj. fallen from the virtue of the ancestors: R2 I, 1, 144. II, 1, 262. H4A III, 2, 128. H6C I, 1, 183. Tit. II, 1, 66. Lr. I, 4, 275. IV, 2, 43. Used of things: “the baser is he, coming from a king, to shame his hope with deeds d.” Lucr. 1003. “can it be that so d. a strain as this should once set footing in your generous bosoms?” Troil. II, 2, 154.
Hence == corrupt, base: “the more d. and base art thou,” Gentl. V, 4, 136. John V, 2, 151. H6B IV, 4, 2.
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