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  • 161 descend — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. go down (see descent); lower or debase oneself (see disrepute). descend [up]on II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To move lower] Syn. come down, go down, slide, settle, drop, stoop, gravitate, slip, dismount,… …

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  • 162 disintegrate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. break up, separate, decompose; decay, crumble, dissolve, fall apart. See disjunction, decomposition. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To break up] Syn. break down, separate, atomize, dissolve, divide, dismantle …

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  • 163 lapse — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. passage, interval; oversight, peccadillo, error. v. i. pass, glide away; deteriorate; err. See time, badness, reversion, descent, past. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. slip, mistake, failure; see error 1 . v …

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  • 164 putrefy — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. rot, decay, decompose. See uncleanness. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. decay, rot, putresce, decompose; see decay . See Synonym Study at decay . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. rot, decompose, spoil,… …

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  • 165 rot — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. decay, decompose, putrefy; degenerate, waste. See deterioration. n. decay, decomposition, putrefaction; slang, nonsense, twaddle (see unmeaningness). II (Roget s IV) interj. Syn. humbug, nonsense,… …

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  • 166 spoil — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. damage, ruin, impair; overindulge, humor; despoil, plunder, sack, pillage, rob; decay, putrefy, rot, mold, ferment. See deterioration. n. plunder, loot, booty, spoliation. See acquisition. II (Roget s …

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  • 167 wear — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. last, endure; use, show, display; tire, fatigue, weary; bear, don, put on; carry, have on; waste, consume, spend; rub, chafe, fray, abrade; jibe, tack, veer, yaw. See weariness, friction. n. clothing …

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  • 168 fail — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To be unsuccessful] Syn. miscarry, fall short, miss, slip, lose, make nothing of, come to naught, come to nothing, falter, flounder, blunder, break down, break, run aground, founder, misfire, come to grief, get into trouble …

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  • 169 stagnate — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. deteriorate, rot, putrefy; see decay . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. stand, idle, stop, be motionless, lie still, go stale, die, rot, decay, putrefy, deteriorate, stink. ANT.: move, flow, freshen …

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  • 170 worsen — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. make worse, fall off, take a turn for the worse, exacerbate; see depress 2 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. deteriorate, degenerate, take a turn for the worse, slip, decay, decline, lapse, *go downhill, *hit the skids,… …

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  • 171 deterioration — 1650s, possibly a native formation, or else from Fr. détérioration (15c.), noun of action from détériorer, from L.L. deteriorare (see DETERIORATE (Cf. deteriorate)) …

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  • 172 degenerate — de·gen·er·ate || dɪ dÊ’enÉ™reɪt n. mental retard; sexual pervert, one who has does not follow the accepted moral standards v. become worse, deteriorate; lose quality; deteriorate into a state of low moral values; cause deterioration adj.… …

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  • 173 degenerated — adj. deteriorated, decayed, withered de·gen·er·ate || dɪ dÊ’enÉ™reɪt n. mental retard; sexual pervert, one who has does not follow the accepted moral standards v. become worse, deteriorate; lose quality; deteriorate into a state of low moral …

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  • 174 degenerates — de·gen·er·ate || dɪ dÊ’enÉ™reɪt n. mental retard; sexual pervert, one who has does not follow the accepted moral standards v. become worse, deteriorate; lose quality; deteriorate into a state of low moral values; cause deterioration adj.… …

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  • 175 degenerating — de·gen·er·ate || dɪ dÊ’enÉ™reɪt n. mental retard; sexual pervert, one who has does not follow the accepted moral standards v. become worse, deteriorate; lose quality; deteriorate into a state of low moral values; cause deterioration adj.… …

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  • 176 Schizophrenia: Emergence —    (See also Psychosis: Emergence; Schizophrenia: Recent Concepts; Unitary Psychosis; Wernicke–Kleist–Leonhard Pathway.)    Schizophrenia remains among the most puzzling of all diseases in psychiatry because there is no single symptom… …

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  • 177 Schizophrenia/Dementia Praecox: Emergence of the Concept —    (See also Psychosis: Emergence; Schizophrenia: Recent Concepts; Unitary Psychosis; Wernicke–Kleist–Leonhard Pathway.)    Schizophrenia remains among the most puzzling of all diseases in psychiatry because there is no single symptom… …

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  • 178 decay — 1. verb 1) the corpses had decayed Syn: decompose, rot, putrefy, go bad, go off, spoil, fester, perish, deteriorate; degrade, break down, molder, shrivel, wither 2) the cities continue to decay …

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  • 179 improve — verb 1) ways to improve the service Syn: make better, better, ameliorate, upgrade, update, refine, enhance, boost, build on, raise, polish, fix (up), amend; informal tweak; formal meliorate Ant …

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  • 180 lapse — n 1 slip, *error, mistake, blunder, faux pas, bull, howler, boner Analogous words: *offense, sin, vice, crime: *fault, failing, frailty, foible: transgression, *breach, violation, trespass 2 relapse, backsliding (see under LAPSE vb) …

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