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to go through decomposition
  • detectives needed to know how long it would take a corpse to decompose to that advanced state

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Synonyms & Antonyms of decomposition (Entry 2 of 2)

the process by which dead organic matter separates into simpler substances
  • the unmistakable smell of decomposition led us to some fruit that had fallen behind the refrigerator

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decay, decompose, rot, putrefy, spoil mean to undergo destructive dissolution. decay implies a slow change from a state of soundness or perfection. a decaying mansion decompose stresses a breaking down by chemical change and when applied to organic matter a corruption. the strong odor of decomposing vegetation rot is a close synonym of decompose and often connotes foulness. fruit was left to rot in warehouses putrefy implies the rotting of animal matter and offensiveness to sight and smell. corpses putrefying on the battlefield spoil applies chiefly to the decomposition of foods. keep the ham from spoiling

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The first known use of decompose was in 1718

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“Decompose.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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