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Definition of Decay

Decay

  1. To pass gradually from a sound, prosperous, or perfect state, to one of imperfection, adversity, or dissolution; to waste away; to decline; to fail; to become weak, corrupt, or disintegrated; to rot; to perish; as, a tree decays; fortunes decay; hopes decay.
  2. To cause to decay; to impair.
  3. To destroy.
  4. Gradual failure of health, strength, soundness, prosperity, or of any species of excellence or perfection; tendency toward dissolution or extinction; corruption; rottenness; decline; deterioration; as, the decay of the body; the decay of virtue; the decay of the Roman empire; a castle in decay.
  5. Destruction; death.
  6. Cause of decay.

Decay Quotations

Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay. - Sallust
Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay.
Sallust

Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

Fascism is capitalism in decay.
Vladimir Lenin

Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.
Horace

Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.
Robert Browning
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Decay Translations

decay in Danish is forfald
decay in Dutch is verval
decay in Latin is morior, caries
decay in Spanish is decaimiento
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