Meaning of DETERIORATION in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ di-ˌtir-ē-ə-ˈrā-shən, dē- ]


Date: circa 1658

: the action or process of deteriorating : the state of having deteriorated


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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