deteriorating


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de·te·ri·o·rate

 (dĭ-tîr′ē-ə-rāt′)
v. de·te·ri·o·rat·ed, de·te·ri·o·rat·ing, de·te·ri·o·rates
v.tr.
To diminish or impair in quality, character, or value: Time and neglect had deteriorated the property.
v.intr.
1. To grow worse; degenerate: The weather deteriorated overnight.
2. To weaken or disintegrate; decay: The nation's highways are deteriorating at a rapid pace.

[Late Latin dēteriōrāre, dēteriōrāt-, from Latin dēterior, worse; see de- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

de·te′ri·o·ra′tion n.
de·te′ri·o·ra′tive adj.
References in classic literature ?
She found herself in the presence of a lady of mild, ingratiating manners, whose dress was the perfection of neatness, taste, and matronly simplicity, whose personal appearance was little less than a triumph of physical resistance to the deteriorating influence of time.
And when you accuse me of corrupting and deteriorating the youth, do you allege that I corrupt them intentionally or unintentionally?
Every sort of demand is made upon the master of a sailing-yacht, and to be penalized in proportion to your success may be of advantage to the sport itself, but it has an obviously deteriorating effect upon the seamanship.
Lumley has lost his self respect, he is losing his ambition, he is deteriorating every day.
This fatal conviction entering some of the best minds smothered many statements conscientiously written on the secret evils of the national government; lowered the courage of many hearts, and corrupted sterling honesty, weary of injustice and won to indifference by deteriorating annoyances.
We cannot be in contact with those who are in a morbid state without ourselves deteriorating.
Rent there may be in Europe, where land has been improved by the labor put into it, but with us all the land is deteriorating from the labor put into it--in other words they're working it out; so there's no question of rent.
They are of about the period of the Nuns' House, irregularly modernised here and there, as steadily deteriorating generations found, more and more, that they preferred air and light to Fever and the Plague.
Something unknown, withering and poisonous, had entered his life, passed near him, touched him, and he was deteriorating.
In the EU, confidence improved in services, construction, retail trade and among consumers, while deteriorating slightly in industry, the Economic and Financial Affairs Directorate General of the Commission said in its monthly survey.
Three quarters of the 2,873 professionals who took part in the Global Economic Conditions Survey between 19 August and 7 September 2011 thought global economic conditions were deteriorating or stagnating.
Bank of Queensland has announced that funding conditions are deteriorating in Australia.