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degenerate into (something)

To get worse and enter an unpleasant state. Concerts always seem to degenerate into chaos once it's time to leave the venue. If you don't exercise regularly, your muscles will degenerate into mush.
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degenerate into something

to decay into something; to break down into something. The peace rally degenerated into a riot. I was afraid that the party would degenerate into a drinking contest.
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Disdainful of the whole panoply of modernist theories of society and human behavior, the anti-modernists at heart subscribed to an exceptionalist ideology which withdrew the United States from secular history and subjected it instead to the Christian millennium modified by the "possibility of perpetual life." Unlike the countries of the Old World, the United States - by virtue of its Christian heritage, republican idealism, and constitutionalism - was situated to overcome the degenerate forces that historically have dragged down other great civilizations.
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True enough the function breaks down becomes degenerate so to say, but something has to be happening because knowledge does not disappear, there can not be nothing in a singularity.