the process or result of being destroyed by natural causes or by not being cared for
the gradual destruction of a society, an institution, a system, etc.
make or become bad
fall to a lower or worse state;decline
"the corpse was in an advanced state of decay"
"the house had fallen into a serious state of decay and disrepair"
"the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process"
"The unoccupied house started to decay"
"The body started to decay and needed to be cremated"
If thy brother bee waxen poore, and fallen in decay with thee.
出自：Bible (AV): Leviticus
The decay of our civilization,..a break-down of social structures and..a drying-up of the emotional springs of life.
出自： R. G. Collingwood
Ancient..families..decayed..into the humble vale of life.
出自： Sir W. Scott
Impoverished widows and spinsters of the middle classes..were officially described as 'decayed gentlewomen'.
出自： John Gloag