Pronunciation of Decay
/dɪkˈe͡ɪ/, /dɪkˈeɪ/, /d_ɪ_k_ˈeɪ/
Synonyms for decay:
dereliction, perish, wear and tear, taint, biodegrade, carrion, putridness, depredation, regression, detriment, consumption, fester, implosion, fragmentation, degradation, putrescence, corrosion, turn sour, perversion, devastation, cave in, rottenness, depreciate, curdle.
dilapidate, go bad.
Sense 2 (noun)
Sense 3 (noun)
Sense 5 (noun)
breaking down, collapse (noun)
decadence, corrosion, dilapidation, dissolution, decomposition, putridness, disrepair, blight, deterioration, atrophy, rot, mortification, putrescence, rotting, putrefaction, decline, ruin, rust, degeneracy, decrepitude, gangrene, degeneration, spoilage, consumption, disintegration.
downgrade, slide, moulder, retrogress, wilt, get worse, decline, tergiversate, ebb, deteriorate, collapse, slip, revert, regress, dilapidate, wither, relapse, wane, worsen, fade, go downhill, atrophy, slump, sink, fall apart, lapse, stagnate.
deteriorate, crumble (verb)
depreciate, putrefy, go bad, molder, wane, fail, curdle, suppurate, disintegrate, decompose, corrode, sink, mortify, mildew, degenerate, weaken, mold, turn, wither, dissolve, break up, collapse, slump, perish, fade, get worse, spoil.
Usage examples for decay:
- All other things to their destruction draw, Only our love hath no decay; This no to- morrow hath, no yesterday; Running, it never runs from us away, But truly keeps his first, last, everlasting day. - "Figures of Several Centuries", Arthur Symons.
- The village school is in sad decay, but the squire's children receive instruction from a poor scholar. - "Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. I.", Gustav Freytag.