No, the conversation hadn't degenerated, though Denton certainly would have insisted so.
Parliament had degenerated into a congeries of personal groups, whose members were eager only to overturn cabinets in order to secure power for the leaders and official favors for themselves.
In birds of various groups the clavicles are more or less degenerated, the reduction beginning at the distal end.
Actually, however, its activity, directed mainly to the discovery of political offences, degenerated into a hideous reign of terror.
The liberty of the press not unfrequently degenerated into licence, and sane liberalism was often replaced by socialistic dreaming.
The monarchical government introduced by Deiphontes gave way to an oligarchy, and the oligarchy degenerated into a despotism.
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.
Lying between the fibrin mass and the healthy tissues is a zone of injured and degenerated tissue elements, the result of the trauma.
The idea of the god of love in Roman poetry is due to the influence of Alexandrian poets and artists, in whose hands he degenerated into a mischievous boy with essentially human characteristics.
Thus the great attempt on the part of Athens to lead a harmonious league of free Greek states for the good of Hellas degenerated into an empire which proved intolerable to the autonomous states of Greece.
Their asceticism degenerated into legalism, their claim to a monopoly of pure Christianity made them arrogant.
At one time a well-known theatre, it had degenerated into a disreputable haunt where nothing but the lowest melodramas were played.
Troublesome insects, vampire bats, and the failure to introduce new blood into the degenerated herds, are responsible for its decline.
But the Christian Democracy, which, starting in Belgium and France, had now extended its activity to Italy, Austria and Germany, and was striving to arrive at this solution, degenerated everywhere into a political party.
His energy too not infrequently degenerated into violence, and when crossed he was apt to be tyrannical.
The Sicilian race of horses would be good but that it is not prolific, and has degenerated in consequence of insufficient nourishment and overwork.
It became the granary of Rome and the free population naturally degenerated and died out.
The ceremony degenerated into a burlesque in which the ass of the flight became confused with Balaam's ass.
This scheme, with the addition of a pair of trumpets and drums and, occasionally, oboes, forms the normal orchestra of 18th-century Masses developed or degenerated from this model.
The latter, entrusted to irresponsible subordinates, degenerated into a despotism which brought the system into great discredit.
The use of the term for religious fervour in speech has degenerated into its common meaning of exaggerated sentiment.