deterioration

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

Examples of deterioration in a Sentence

  1. the gradual deterioration of the weather

  2. a deterioration of academic standards

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Origin and Etymology of deterioration

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

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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

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


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