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Synonyms for decay
dɪˈkeɪde·cay

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. decay

    Rot is a strong word, ordinarily esteemed coarse, but on occasion capable of approved emphatic use; as, "the name of the wicked shall rot," Prov. x, 7; decay and decompose are now common euphemisms. A substance is decomposed when resolved into its original elements by any process; it is decayed when resolved into its original elements by natural processes; it decays gradually, but may be instantly decomposed, as water into oxygen and hydrogen; to say that a thing is decayed may denote only a partial result, but to say it is decomposed ordinarily implies that the change is complete or nearly so. Putrefy and the adjectives putrid and putrescent, and the nouns putridity and putrescence, are used almost exclusively of animal matter in a state of decomposition, the more general word decay being used of either animal or vegetable substances.

    Synonyms:
    corrupt, decompose, molder, putrefy, rot, spoil

Princeton's WordNet

  1. decaynoun

    the process of gradually becoming inferior

    Synonyms:
    disintegration, decomposition, radioactive decay, decline

  2. decay, declinenoun

    a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current

    Synonyms:
    disintegration, fall, downslope, descent, radioactive decay, decomposition, declension, decline, declivity, declination, diminution

  3. decay, decompositionnoun

    the organic phenomenon of rotting

    Synonyms:
    disintegration, chemical decomposition reaction, decomposition, putrefaction, radioactive decay, vector decomposition, decline, rot, rotting, decomposition reaction

  4. decaynoun

    an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying

    "the corpse was in an advanced state of decay"; "the house had fallen into a serious state of decay and disrepair"

    Synonyms:
    disintegration, decomposition, radioactive decay, decline

  5. decay, radioactive decay, disintegrationverb

    the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation

    Synonyms:
    disintegration, decomposition, radioactive decay, decline, annihilation, dissolution

  6. disintegrate, decay, decomposeverb

    lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current

    "the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process"

    Synonyms:
    break down, break up, moulder, disintegrate, decompose, molder, dilapidate, crumble, rot

  7. decay, crumble, dilapidateverb

    fall into decay or ruin

    "The unoccupied house started to decay"

    Synonyms:
    break down, dilapidate, decompose, crumple, disintegrate, tumble, collapse, crumble, fall apart

  8. decayverb

    undergo decay or decomposition

    "The body started to decay and needed to be cremated"

    Synonyms:
    crumble, decompose, dilapidate, disintegrate

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. decayverb

    Synonyms:
    decline, fail, deteriorate, wither, waste, perish, be impaired, waste away, fall into decay

  2. decayverb

    Synonyms:
    rot, putrefy, be spoiled

  3. decaynoun

    Synonyms:
    decline, decadence, deterioration, degeneracy

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How to use decay in a sentence?

  1. Ben Carson:

    I don't wander off into those extraneous areas that can be exploited. I have learned that, moral decay and fiscal irresponsibility.

  2. Lydia Child:

    A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world.

  3. William Congreve:

    A wit should no more be sincere, than a woman constant; one argues a decay of parts, as to other of beauty.

  4. Francesco Branca:

    We have solid evidence that keeping intake of free sugars to less than 10 percent of total energy intake reduces the risk of overweight, obesity and tooth decay.

  5. Charles Kingsley:

    Every winter, When the great sun has turned his face away, The earth goes down into a vale of grief, And fasts, and weeps, and shrouds herself in sables, Leaving her wedding-garlands to decay-- Then leaps in spring to his returning kisses.


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  • تضعضع, تحلل, اضمحلArabic
  • влошаване, гния, загнивам, разлагам се, развалям се, разлаганеBulgarian
  • rozklad, rozkládat se, hniloba, hnítCzech
  • henfaldDanish
  • Verwesung, verfallen, verfaulen, verrotten, verderben, verwesen, Verfall, faulen, abklingen, zerfallen, vermodernGerman
  • φθοράGreek
  • kadukiĝoEsperanto
  • deteriorar, pudrirSpanish
  • lahoaminen, rapautuminen, heikentyä, rapautua, maatua, mädäntyä, laho, heikkeneminen, rappeutua, heiketä, pilaantua, lahotaFinnish
  • décrépitude, pourrirFrench
  • meathlaigh, meath, meathlúIrish
  • crìonadh, mùthadhScottish Gaelic
  • התקלקלHebrew
  • क्षयHindi
  • szuvasodik, elmállik, romlás, elpusztul, tönkremegy, hanyatlás, pusztulás, korhad, rothadHungarian
  • փտել, փչանալArmenian
  • kerusakanIndonesian
  • dekadoIdo
  • imputridireItalian
  • 減衰Japanese
  • ლპობა, ხრწნა, გაფუჭებაGeorgian
  • 썩다Korean
  • interitusLatin
  • pūtLatvian
  • taimate, hanehaneMāori
  • nedbrytingNorwegian
  • in verval raken, verloederen, slecht worden, vervallen, verrottenDutch
  • forfallNorwegian
  • gnić, rozkładPolish
  • putrefação, decompor-se, apodrecer, estragar, deterioração, apodrecimento, decomposição, deteriorar, putrefazerPortuguese
  • гнить, разложение, гниение, упадок, портиться, ухудшаться, разлагаться, распад, спадRussian
  • sönderfall, sönderfalla, förfalla, ruttna, förfall, förruttnelse, mattas, försämras, sönderdelas, tackla avSwedish
  • ผุThai
  • çürümek, fenalaşmakTurkish
  • کشیUrdu
  • 衰變Chinese

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