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Synonyms for decay
dɪˈkeɪde·cay

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English Synonyms and Antonyms2.0 / 2 votes

  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 WordNet2.1 / 7 votes

  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 Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. decaynoun

    Synonyms:
    deterioration, corruption, decline, decadence, senescence, retrogradation, decomposition, caducity, putrefaction, putrescence, rot, eremacausis

  2. decayverb

    Synonyms:
    decline, retrograde, deteriorate, rot, decompose, putrefy, moulder

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How to use decay in a sentence?

  1. Raymond Chandler:

    It is a mass language only in the same sense that its baseball slang is born of baseball players. That is, it is a language which is being molded by writers to do delicate things and yet be within the grasp of superficially educated people. It is not a natural growth, much as its proletarian writers would like to think so. But compared with it at its best, English has reached the Alexandrian stage of formalism and decay.

  2. William Butler Yeats:

    You shall go with me, newly-married bride,And gaze upon a merrier multitude.White-armed Nuala, Aengus of the Birds,Feachra of the hurtling form, and himWho is the ruler of the Western Host,Finvara, and their Land of Heart's Desire.Where beauty has no ebb, decay no flood,But joy is wisdom, time an endless song.

  3. Rita Hayes:

    It’s just another indication of the social and moral decay of our society.

  4. An Lee:

    It can also have something to do with decay, for example, mold on bread or vegetables have certain visual cues and characteristics that are similar to trypophobic stimuli. So, while we're not completely sure yet, it does seem to be some kind of evolutionary trait that will help or facilitate survival.

  5. Fyodor Lukyanov:

    Each party sees the other as heading toward decay and lacking the moral and political right to behave as it does.


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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
  • phân hủyVietnamese
  • 衰變Chinese

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