AskDefine | Define deterioration

Dictionary Definition



1 a symptom of reduced quality or strength [syn: impairment]
2 process of changing to an inferior state [syn: decline in quality, declension, worsening]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The process of growing worse, or the state of having grown worse.

Extensive Definition

Deterioration, from Latin deteriorare "to make worse", can refer to any sort of worsening:

See also

A classic literature example of deterioration is the title character from William Shakespeare's play 'Othello'

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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