deterioration

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noun de·te·ri·o·ra·tion \di-ˌtir-ē-ə-ˈrā-shən, dē-\

Definition of deterioration

  1. :  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>

Examples of deterioration in a sentence

  1. the gradual deterioration of the weather

  2. a deterioration of academic standards

Origin and Etymology of deterioration

see deteriorate


First Known Use: circa 1658

Synonym Discussion of deterioration

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>.

DETERIORATION Defined for English Language Learners

deterioration

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noun de·te·ri·o·ra·tion \di-ˌtir-ē-ə-ˈrā-shən, dē-\

Definition of deterioration for English Language Learners

  • : the act or process of becoming worse


Medical Dictionary

deterioration

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noun de·te·ri·o·ra·tion \di-ˌtir-ē-ə-ˈrā-shən\

Medical Definition of deterioration

  1. :  the action or process of deteriorating :  the state of having deteriorated <personality deterioration> <neurological deterioration>



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