By the middle of the century, logical studies had lost to a great extent their real interest and application, and had degenerated into trivial displays of ingenuity.
It became the granary of Rome and the free population naturally degenerated and died out.
No, the conversation hadn't degenerated, though Denton certainly would have insisted so.
The liberty of the press not unfrequently degenerated into licence, and sane liberalism was often replaced by socialistic dreaming.
His energy too not infrequently degenerated into violence, and when crossed he was apt to be tyrannical.