deterioration

noun
de·​te·​ri·​o·​ra·​tion | \ di-ˌtir-ē-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce deterioration (audio) , dē-\

Definition of deterioration

: the action or process of becoming impaired or inferior in quality, functioning, or condition : the state of having deteriorated rust deterioration the deterioration of academic standards

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deterioration, degeneration, decadence, decline mean the falling from a higher to a lower level in quality, character, or vitality. deterioration implies generally the impairment of value or usefulness. the deterioration of the house through neglect degeneration stresses physical, intellectual, or especially moral retrogression. the degeneration of their youthful idealism into cynicism decadence presupposes a reaching and passing the peak of development and implies a turn downward with a consequent loss in vitality or energy. cited love of luxury as a sign of cultural decadence decline differs from decadence in suggesting a more markedly downward direction and greater momentum as well as more obvious evidence of deterioration. the meteoric decline of his career after the scandal

Examples of deterioration in a Sentence

the gradual deterioration of the weather a deterioration of academic standards

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The plan will vastly increase the cost of city housing and lead to the deterioration of thousands of units. James Sutton, National Review, "New York’s Insane Rent-Reform Package Will Make the Housing Market Worse for Everyone," 14 June 2019 The sanctions, along with the Trump administration’s recent implementation of $250 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods, have created a sharp deterioration in the relationship between Washington and Beijing. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Trump administration's sanctions on Chinese military agency widens rift between Washington and Beijing," 25 Sep. 2018 And the prognosis is a sure if unpredictable deterioration in balance, strength and mobility. Lynn Peterson Mobley, Washington Post, "My athletic husband stumbled. He was tired. He had a disease we’d never heard of.," 8 July 2018 And deterioration in the salience networks in frontotemporal dementia has been linked to lack of drive. Quanta Magazine, "Inside a Brain Circuit, the Will to Press On," 5 Dec. 2013 Mangrove protection from cyclones also reduces longer term deterioration of low-lying inland areas with rising sea levels. Adam Moolna, Quartz India, "How mangroves could protect us from storms like Cyclone Fani," 7 June 2019 For example, long stays in space accelerate bone deterioration—and part of the remedy, per NASA, is resistance training. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Tourist's Guide to Space," 12 Mar. 2019 Democrats blame Ryan for prison deterioration Republican lawmakers were supportive of Ryan, blaming the Great Recession for funding cutsthat led to lapses in prison maintenance and repairs. Kyra Haas, azcentral, "Broken locks at Arizona prison won't be fixed until late 2020, corrections director says," 18 June 2019 Some of the problems included cracked concrete and deterioration. Tyra Mcclung, courant.com, "Reconstruction of the Kensington Dam in Berlin will help fish and eels," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of deterioration

circa 1658, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deterioration

see deteriorate

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The first known use of deterioration was circa 1658

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deterioration

noun

English Language Learners Definition of deterioration

: the act or process of becoming worse

deterioration

noun
de·​te·​ri·​o·​ra·​tion | \ di-ˌtir-ē-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce deterioration (audio) \

Medical Definition of deterioration

: the action or process of deteriorating : the state of having deteriorated personality deterioration neurological deterioration

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