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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 Indo-European roots.]

de·te′ri·o·ra′tion n.
de·te′ri·o·ra′tive adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.deterioration - a symptom of reduced quality or strength
decay - 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"
corrosion - a state of deterioration in metals caused by oxidation or chemical action
desolation, devastation - the state of being decayed or destroyed
decrepitude, dilapidation - a state of deterioration due to old age or long use
wear - impairment resulting from long use; "the tires showed uneven wear"
2.deterioration - process of changing to an inferior state
decline, diminution - change toward something smaller or lower
drop-off, falling off, falloff, slump, slack - a noticeable deterioration in performance or quality; "the team went into a slump"; "a gradual slack in output"; "a drop-off in attendance"; "a falloff in quality"
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deterioration

noun
1. decline, failure, collapse, fall, drop, slump, worsening, downturn, depreciation, degradation, degeneration, debasement, retrogression, vitiation, dégringolade (French) the rapid deterioration in relations between the two countries
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deterioration

noun
1. Descent to a lower level or condition:
2. A marked loss of strength or effectiveness:
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Translations
إتراف، إفْساد، إضْرار
zhoršení
forringelseforværring
elrontásmegromlás
hnignun
zhoršenie
bozulma

deterioration

[dɪˌtɪərɪəˈreɪʃən] N [of work, situation, condition] → empeoramiento m (in, of de) [of health] → deterioro m, empeoramiento m (in, of de) [of materials, building, relationship] → deterioro m (in, of de)
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deterioration

[dɪˌtɪəriəˈreɪʃən] n [health, standards, conditions, relations] → détérioration f, dégradation f; [weather] → dégradation f
deterioration in → détérioration de, dégradation de
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deterioration

nVerschlechterung f; (of materials)Verderben nt; (of species)Entartung f; (of morals, brickwork)Verfall m
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deterioration

[dɪˌtɪərɪəˈreɪʃn] ndeterioramento
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deteriorate

(diˈtiəriəreit) verb
to grow worse. His work has deteriorated recently.
deˌterioˈration noun
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de·te·ri·o·ra·tion

n. deterioración, deterioro, desmejoramiento.
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deterioration

n deterioro
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References in classic literature ?
No sooner can a slave society be organized than deterioration sets in.
So much for the humanizing influence of THE DOMESTIC INSTITUTION!" Admitting this to have been an ex- traordinary case of mental deterioration, it proves at least that the white slave can sink as low in the scale of humanity as the black one.
Then personal appearance sympathised with mental deterioration: he acquired a slouching gait and ignoble look; his naturally reserved disposition was exaggerated into an almost idiotic excess of unsociable moroseness; and he took a grim pleasure, apparently, in exciting the aversion rather than the esteem of his few acquaintance.
"Moral deterioration has set in already," he remarked.
This will mean deterioration of the labor castes, and in the end they will become weaker and weaker.
There seem to be two causes of the deterioration of the arts.
Let us have these glasses filled again, for 'tis good to keep idiosyncrasies well moistened, they being subject to deterioration in a dry moral atmosphere."
Strickland took a lamp with him, while I tried to make clear the danger of hunting roof snakes between a ceiling cloth and a thatch, apart from the deterioration of property caused by ripping out ceiling-cloths.
This physical deterioration was manifest likewise in his face.
Clapp revenged herself for the deterioration of mankind by levying the most savage contributions upon the tea-caddies and legs of mutton of her locataires.
I won't point, gentlemen, by way of answer, to the coarseness which I can see growing on our national manners, or to the deterioration which appears to me to be spreading more and more widely in our national tastes.
The blue light, through deterioration or damage, flickered out.