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Pronunciation:  di`teereeu'reyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  process of changing to an inferior state
  2. [n]  a symptom of reduced quality or strength

DETERIORATION is a 13 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: declension, decline in quality, impairment, worsening
 See Also: corrosion, decay, decline, decrepitude, desolation, devastation, dilapidation, diminution, wear



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*te`ri*o*ra"tion\, n. [LL. deterioratio: cf. F.
The process of growing worse, or the state of having grown

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