Synonyms for decay

Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : dih-key
Phonetic Transcription : dɪˈkeɪ

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Définition of decay

Origin :
  • late 15c., "to decrease," from Anglo-French decair, Old North French decair (Old French decheoir, 12c., Modern French déchoir) "to fall, set (of the sun), weaken, decline, decay," from Vulgar Latin *decadere "to fall off," from de- (see de-) + Latin cadere "to fall" (see case (n.1)). Meaning "decline, deteriorate" is c.1500; that of "to decompose, rot" is from 1570s. Related: Decayed; decaying.
  • noun breaking down, collapse
  • verb deteriorate, crumble
Example sentences :
  • She was aware of the creeping fret, the poisons and obstructions of decay.
  • Extract from : « Life and Death of Harriett Frean » by May Sinclair
  • To get it all you must live there, to be interpenetrated by its glory of decay.
  • Extract from : « The Conquest of Fear » by Basil King
  • Old age and decay, bad enough in themselves, we intensify by our habits of mind.
  • Extract from : « The Conquest of Fear » by Basil King
  • Will you have nothing to remember him by but his ruin and decay?
  • Extract from : « Little Dorrit » by Charles Dickens
  • Is the something else, the decay of dead citizens in the vaults below?
  • Extract from : « The Uncommercial Traveller » by Charles Dickens
  • Martin thought the inconsistency a part of his weakness and decay.
  • Extract from : « Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit » by Charles Dickens
  • When Tom Pembroke knew it best, its old age and decay had well set in.
  • Extract from : « The Inn at the Red Oak » by Latta Griswold
  • Of its own decay the old morality has fallen in a confusion of ruin.
  • Extract from : « The Truth About Woman » by C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • The surveyor of Hartwell also notes that the "tenements there be in decay."
  • Extract from : « The Enclosures in England » by Harriett Bradley
  • It had shrunk up in its decay, and the heap it formed was quite small.
  • Extract from : « Therese Raquin » by Emile Zola

Antonyms for decay

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