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dēgĕnĕro , āvi, ātum, 1, v. n. and
I.a. [degener].
I. Neutr., to depart from its race or kind, to degenerate (class.).
B. Trop.
(β). With abl. alone: “famā,Stat. Th. 3, 148.—
(γ). With dat. (poet.): “degenerant nati patribus,Manil. 4, 78; so, “Marti paterno,Stat. Th. 1, 464: “patri,Claud. IV. Cons. Honor. 366.—
II. Act.
A. To cause to degenerate or deteriorate: “Venus carpit corpus et vires animosque degenerat,Col. 7, 12, 11: “multum degenerat transcribentium fors varia,Plin. 25, 2, 4, § 8: “ni degeneratum in aliis huic quoque decori offecisset,” i. e. his degeneracy, his vicious character, Liv. 1, 53; see Zumpt, Gram. § 638, N. 1.—
B. With acc. of that from which any thing degenerates, to dishonor, to stain, by degeneracy (poet., and in post-Aug. prose): “non degenerasse propinquos (sc. me),Prop. 4, 1, 81 (5, 1, 79 M): “palmas,Ov. M. 7, 543: “famam,Stat. Th. 4, 149; id. Silv. 3, 1, 160. —Pass.: “conspectus degenerati patris,Val. Max. 8, 4; cf. Sol. 17, 11.
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