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deterioration

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of deterioration

  1. 1 a gradual sinking and wasting away of mind or body muscle deterioration resulting from prolonged disuse Synonyms of deterioration debilitation, decay, decaying, declension, degeneration, descent, decline, ebbing, enfeeblement, weakeningWords Related to deterioration atrophy; exhaustion; drooping, flagging, limping; regression, relapse, setbackNear Antonyms of deterioration invigoration, strengthening; progress; rejuvenation, rejuvenescenceAntonyms of deterioration comeback, improvement, rally, recovery, recuperation, rehabilitation, revitalization, snapback

  2. 2 a change to a lower state or level a deterioration in the quality of food at that once-thriving restaurant Synonyms of deterioration decadence, declension, declination, degeneracy, degeneration, degradation, dégringolade, descent, decline, devolution, downfall, downgrade, ebb, eclipse, fallWords Related to deterioration dark age, nadir, sunset; decay, rotting, spoiling; breakup, crumbling, decomposition, disintegration, dissolution; abasement, debasement; depreciation, lessening; decimation, demolishment, demolition, desolation, destruction, havoc, ruin, ruination; abatement, decrease, decrement, de-escalation, deflation, diminishment, diminution, dip, downslide, downtrend, downturn, drop, drop-off, falloff, loss, lowering, reduction, sag, shrinkage, slip, slumpNear Antonyms of deterioration advancement, development, evolution, growth; blossoming, flourishing, flowering; renewal, restoration, revitalization; heightening; accretion, accrual, addendum, addition, augmentation, boost, enhancement, gain, increase, increment, raise, supplementAntonyms of deterioration ascent, rise, upswing

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


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