Synonyms of deterioration
1 declineDictionary • the rapid deterioration in relations between the two countries
decline • Rome's decline in the fifth century.
failure • He was being treated for kidney failure.
collapse • Their economy is teetering on the edge of collapse.
fall • There was a sharp fall in the value of the pound.
drop • He was prepared to take a drop in wages.
slump • a slump in property prices
depreciation • the depreciation of a currency's value
degradation • the progressive degradation of the state
degeneration • the degeneration of our political system
lapse • His behaviour showed neither decency or dignity. It was an uncommon lapse.
2 disintegrationDictionary • enzymes that cause the deterioration of food
decay • Plaque causes tooth decay and gum disease.
rot • Investigations revealed rot in the beams.
breakdown • the irretrievable breakdown of his marriage
degradation (technical term) • land degradation in arid zones
atrophy • exercises to avoid atrophy of cartilage
decomposition • The bodies were in an advanced state of decomposition.
Copyright © 2016 by HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.
• exercises to avoid atrophy of cartilage
breakdownThe breakdown of something such as a relationship, plan, or discussion is its failure or ending.
• the irretrievable breakdown of his marriage
• Their economy is teetering on the edge of collapse.
Thesaurus for deterioration from the Collins English Thesaurus