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perish

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of perish

  1. 1 to stop living <12 people perished in the plane crash> Synonyms check out, conk (out), croak [slang], decease, demise, depart, drop, end, exit, expire, fall, flatline, go, kick in [slang], kick off [slang], pass (on), pass away, part, peg out [chiefly British], die, pop off, step out, succumbRelated Words predecease; consume, disappear, dry up, fade, failNear Antonyms come to, revive; linger; be, exist, subsist; flourish, prosper, thriveAntonyms breathe, live

  2. 2 chiefly British  to go through decomposition <after being left out in the summer heat, the milk perished and had to be thrown out> Synonyms break down, corrupt, decompose, disintegrate, fester, foul, mold, molder, decay [chiefly British], putrefy, rot, spoilRelated Words sour, turn, turn off [British]; contaminate, defile, pollute, taint; addle, curdle, ferment; mortify; rust; crumble, decline, degenerate, descend, deteriorate, dilapidate, sink, witherNear Antonyms age, develop, grow, mature, ripen; refresh, renew, restore; cleanse, purify; assemble, compose, integrate; ameliorate, better, improve, meliorate




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