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Another word for decay

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Verb
  1. To become or cause to become rotten or unsound

Another word for decay

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