Decay synonyms

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The separation of a substance into simpler substances or basic elements. Decomposition can be brought about by exposure to heat, light, or chemical or biological activity.
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A rotting or rotten thing or part
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The process by which something rots.
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No longer in working order
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Weakened or worn out from age or wear
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The quality or state of being perishable; impermanence.
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The process of growing worse, or the state of having grown worse.
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(Brit.) molder
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Having fallen into a state of disrepair or deterioration, especially through neglect
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Feeding on dead or decaying organic matter
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Relating to saprophytes or their life style.
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An ulcerlike sore, esp. in the mouth: thought to be an immune reaction
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Decay of a bone or tooth, especially dental caries.
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(Rare) A corrupting influence
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Decadence.
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The condition of being decrepit; feebleness or infirmity
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The state of being dilapidated, reduced to decay, partially ruined.
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A process by which anything disintegrates.
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Termination or extinction by disintegration or dispersion:
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The odorous fumes given off by waste or decaying matter.
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A gradual oxidation from exposure to air and moisture, as in the decay of old trees or dead animals.
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Decay of tissue in a part of the body when the blood supply is obstructed by injury, disease, etc.
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(Rare) The act of shaking or weakening or the resulting state; overthrow, ruination.
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The act of causing to rot; the anaerobic splitting of proteins by bacteria and fungi with the formation of malodorous, incompletely oxidized products
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Putrid matter.
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The state of being putrid.
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(Biology) The state or process of ageing, especially in humans; old age.
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The end of life of an organism or cell. In humans and animals, death is manifested by the permanent cessation of vital organic functions, including the absence of heartbeat, spontaneous breathing, and brain activity. Cells die as a result of external injury or by an orderly, programmed series of self-destructive events known as apoptosis . The most common causes of death for humans in well-developed countries are cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, certain chronic diseases such as diabetes and emphysema, lung infections, and accidents.
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(Intransitive) Of a quantity, to become smaller.
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To cause to dwindle:
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To cause to fester or rankle.
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Having a rotational or orbital movement that is opposite to the movement of most bodies within a celestial system. In the solar system, retrograde bodies are those that rotate or orbit in a clockwise direction (east to west) when viewed from a vantage point above the Earth's north pole. Venus, Uranus, and Pluto have retrograde rotational movements. No planets in the solar system have retrograde orbital movements, but four of Jupiter's moons exhibit such movement.
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To cause the ruin of.
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To macerate (lime) and render it fit for plaster or mortar.
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To wear away by degrees; to impair gradually; to diminish by constant loss; to use up; to consume; to spend; to wear out.
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(Uncountable, biology) The process by which a mature multicellular organism or part of an organism is produced by the addition of new cells.
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An improving or being improved
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Capability in terms of numbers or resources:
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The process of becoming ripe.
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The beginning of growth, as of a seed, spore, or bud. The germination of most seeds and spores occurs in response to warmth and water.
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Development from a lower or simpler to a higher or more complex form; evolution.
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That to strengthen.
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Anything done in a showy way, as a sweeping movement of the limbs or body
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To cause to be or grow; create or develop
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To make beneficial additions or changes:
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To make strong or stronger; to add strength to; to increase the strength of; to fortify; to reinforce.
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To increase in size and develop toward maturity, as a plant or animal does by assimilating food
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To mature; to fit or prepare; to bring to perfection; as, to ripen the judgment.
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The definition of germinate is to start to grow, develop or sprout.
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To improve; advance:
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To become filled with a pus-like or bile-like substance.
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To ruin; to damage (something) in some way making it unfit for use. [from 16th c.]
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To crumble to dust; disintegrate.
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To undo the integrity of, break into parts.
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To separate or break down something into its components; to disintegrate or fragment
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The average time needed for half the nuclei in a sample of a radioactive substance to undergo radioactive decay. The half-life of a substance does not equal half of its full duration of radioactivity. For example, if one starts with 100 grams of radium 229, whose half-life is 4 minutes, then after 4 minutes only 50 grams of radium will be left in the sample, after 8 minutes 25 grams will be left, after 12 minutes 12.5 grams will be left, and so on.
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A series of unstable radioactive elements and isotopes, in which a given element or isotope beginning the series decays into and is succeeded by the next in the series, and so on until a stable nucleus is arrived at
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The spontaneous transformation of a relatively unstable particle into a set of new particles. For example, a pion decays spontaneously into a muon and an antineutrino. The decay of heavy or unstable atomic nuclei (such as uranium or carbon-10) into more stable nuclei and emitted particles is called radioactive decay . The study of particle decay is fundamental to subatomic physics.
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The spontaneous transformation of an unstable atomic nucleus into a lighter one, in which radiation is released in the form of alpha particles, beta particles, gamma rays, and other particles. The rate of decay of radioactive substances such as carbon 14 or uranium is measured in terms of their half-life .
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To cause to become ruined or put into disrepair.
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(Sports) A loss of organization (of the parts of a system).
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Nonperformance of what is requested or expected; omission:
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The act of ruining or the condition of being ruined.
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A progressive decrease in the strength of a conditioned response, often resulting in its elimination, because of withdrawal of a specific stimulus.
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A progressive worsening
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Material that has crumbled away; crumbs.
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A substance, as rust, formed by corroding
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(Accounting) A downward revaluation, a write-down.
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A discolored spot, smudge, or area; a stain.
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A reducing or being reduced
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Loss, damage, or depreciation resulting from ordinary use and exposure.
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A progressive worsening
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A minor fault.
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A progressive worsening
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An adulterating or being adulterated
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The quality of being rotten.
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Something spoiled or the amount spoiled
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The decaying flesh of a dead body, esp. when regarded as food for scavenging animals
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Any of various filamentous fungi, generally a circular colony having a woolly or furry appearance, that grow on the surface of organic matter and contribute to its disintegration.
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Any coating or film formed on any other metal by oxidation or corrosion
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Oxidation is the process when oxygen combines with an element, changing the appearance of the element.
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Metaphorically, a progressive malaise of decay, corruption, or datedness.
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Any of various bacterial or fungous diseases of plants producing discoloration and decay
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The definition of a spur is anything that pushes someone or something forward or a device that goes over a shoe during horseback riding for the rider to use to push the horse forward.
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The definition of atrophy is the weakening, loss, wasting away, break-down or growth halt of something such as a body part, plant, person, place or thing.
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The act of making very lean.
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Any atmospheric or soil condition, parasite, or insect that kills, withers, or checks the growth of plants
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A condition of progressive emaciation, esp. in infants, as from malnutrition or an inability to assimilate food
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Any of various fungi or oomycete organisms that form a white or grayish coating on surfaces, such as plant leaves, cloth, or leather, especially under damp, warm conditions. Powdery mildews are important plant diseases usually caused by ascomycete fungi, while downy mildews, including a serious disease of grapevines, are caused by oomycetes.
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Decomposition
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The action of deliquescing
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Decomposition
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(Euphemistic) Death; mortality.
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(Figuratively, by extension) To deteriorate; to decline into an unkempt or debased condition.
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To fade is defined as to become less bright, to grow more faint, less popular, or less strong, or to begin to wither away and disappear.
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(Intransitive, figuratively) To lose vigour or power; to languish; to pass away.
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(Intransitive) to fail, to cease to function
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To become sour:
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(Intransitive) To break or separate into pieces; to disintegrate or come apart.
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To cause to curdle, congeal, or become lumpy:
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To change in color as by fading, streaking, or staining
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To cause to become rotten; spoil:
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To be eaten or worn away.
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To decompose as a result of biological action, especially by microorganisms
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To disappear as if by melting.
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To decline or become debased morally, culturally, etc.
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(Intransitive) To cease to function due to a sudden breakdown; to fail suddenly and completely
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(Intransitive) To become wrinkled.
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To make worse; to deteriorate or to worsen.
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To form or discharge pus; fester
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To lessen the price or value of:
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To weaken or disintegrate; decay:
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To make or become worse
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To descend to the bottom of a body of water or other liquid:
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Of a geographic area, to become unsafe.
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(Intransitive) To diminish in size, value etc.
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(Idiomatic) To be emotionally in crisis.
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To diminish in intenity
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(Idiomatic) To feel emotionally devastated; to break down.
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To perform poorly or inadequately:
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To lose strength, become weaker; to wane
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To wear (something) away by erosion:
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Gradually to erode or corrode.
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To make less; to diminish; to reduce.
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To get a grade of failure in (a subject)
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(Intransitive) To become weak; to decay; to languish.
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To make or become weak or weaker.
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(Idiomatic) To lose energy and become weak and feeble.
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(Idiomatic) Decelerate.
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To make sparse.
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(Idiomatic, informal) To decline or deteriorate.
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(Intransitive, idiomatic) to fail; decline
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(Idiomatic) To decline or deteriorate.
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(Idiomatic) To fail at an early stage or never come to fruition, typically due to neglect, infeasibility, or lack of resources.
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An increasing or becoming increased
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A preserving or being preserved
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The state or quality of being fresh.
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(Electronics) To renew (the image on a display screen), as by renewing the flow of electrons from the cathode-ray tube:
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To cleanse (something), or rid (it) of impurities
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A meaning that is conveyed, as in speech or writing; signification:
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Die is defined as to stop living, existing or fade away.
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(Pathology) The localized death of cells or tissues through injury, disease, or the interruption of blood supply.
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Motion in a retrograde manner
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To contaminate or corrupt (something) with an external agent, either physically or morally.
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To a greater extent or degree:
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To grow vigorously or luxuriantly; improve physically
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A decrease in the purchasing power of money
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A consuming or being consumed
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A progressive worsening
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A deterioration or decline to a previous state
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(Electronics) Loss of or gain in power in an amplifier caused by unintentional negative feedback.
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A progressive worsening
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The condition of needing repairs; state of neglect; dilapidation
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A progressive worsening
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A progressive worsening
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(Uncountable, mathematics) A structural principle of mathematical logic that states that the hypotheses of any derived fact may be freely extended with additional assumptions
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A degenerate action
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The cause of such a fall; a critical blow or error.
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Synonym Study

  • Decompose suggests the breaking up or separation of something into its component elements a decomposing chemical compound: it is also a somewhat euphemistic substitute for rot and putrefy
  • Disintegrate implies the breaking up of something into parts or fragments so that the wholeness of the original is destroyed the sunken ship gradually disintegrated
  • Molder suggest a slow, progressive, crumbling decay old buildings molder away
  • Spoil is the common informal word for the decay of foods fish spoils quickly in summer
  • Putrefy suggests the offensive, foul-smelling rotting of animal matter bodies putrefying in the fields
  • Rot refers to the decay of organic, esp. vegetable, matter, caused by bacteria, fungi, etc. rotting apples
  • Decay implies gradual, often natural, deterioration from a normal or sound condition his teeth have begun to decay
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