Another word for decay
decay rot putrefy spoil crumble molder disintegrate decomposeSearch Thesaurus
These verbs refer to gradual change resulting in destruction or dissolution. Decay can denote partial deterioration short of complete destruction: Brush and floss regularly to prevent teeth from decaying. Rot is sometimes synonymous with decay, but often, like putrefy, stresses offensiveness to the sense of smell: The food left on the counter began to rot. Arctic cold prevented the prehistoric animal from putrefying. Spoil usually refers to the process by which perishable substances become unfit for use or consumption: Put the fish in the refrigerator before they spoil. Crumble implies physical breakdown into small fragments or particles: The ancient church had crumbled to ruins. To molder is to crumble to dust: The shawl had moldered away in the trunk. Disintegrate refers to complete breakdown into component parts: The sandstone façade had disintegrated from exposure to the elements. Decompose, largely restricted to the breakdown of substances into their chemical components, also connotes rotting and putrefying, both literally and figuratively: “trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print” (Virginia Woolf).
Another word for decayverb
To become or cause to become rotten or unsound:break down, decompose, deteriorate, disintegrate, molder, putrefy, rot, spoil, taint, turn. Idioms: go bad, go to pot, go to seed. See better, thrive
The condition of being decayed:breakdown, decomposition, deterioration, disintegration, putrefaction, putrescence, putridness, rot, rottenness, spoilage. See better, thrive