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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

In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.
Ernst Fischer

Fascism is capitalism in decay.
Vladimir Lenin

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
Harold Wilson

A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world.
Maurice Chevalier
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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