labefaction, labefactation

the process of coming apart, especially falling into ruin or decay.
See also: Decaying, Processes
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In the area of literature, for instance, Boswell did not agree with Johnson in his dismissal of Swift and Gulliver's Travels ("When once you have thought of big men and little men, it is very easy to do all the rest"), nor on his low opinion of Fielding's Tom Jones ("I scarcely know a more corrupt work"), nor on John Gay's Beggars' Opera ("such a labefactation of all principles, as may be injurious to morality").