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 for deterioration
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Deterioration \De*te`ri*o*ra"tion\, n. [LL. deterioratio: cf. F.
     d['e]t['e]rioration.]
     The process of growing worse, or the state of having grown
     worse.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  144 Moby Thesaurus words for "deterioration":
     about-face, accommodation, adaptation, adjustment, aggravation,
     alteration, amelioration, amplification, annoyance, apostasy,
     atrophy, augmentation, betterment, break, change, change of heart,
     changeableness, comedown, constructive change, contentiousness,
     continuity, conversion, crumbling, debasement, decadence,
     decadency, decay, decaying, declension, declination, decline,
     decomposition, deepening, defection, deformation, degeneracy,
     degenerateness, degeneration, degenerative change, degradation,
     deliberate aggravation, demotion, depravation, depravedness,
     depreciation, derogation, descent, devaluation, deviation,
     devolution, difference, discontinuity, disintegration, dislocation,
     disruption, dissolution, divergence, diversification, diversion,
     diversity, downfall, downgrade, downtrend, downturn,
     downward mobility, downward trend, drop, dry rot, dying, ebb,
     ebbing, effeteness, embittering, embitterment, enhancement,
     enlargement, exacerbation, exasperation, fading, failing, failure,
     failure of nerve, fall, falling-off, fitting, flip-flop,
     gradual change, heightening, impairment, improvement, increase,
     intensification, involution, irritation, lapse, lessening,
     loss of tone, magnification, melioration, mitigation, modification,
     modulation, overthrow, provocation, qualification, radical change,
     re-creation, realignment, redesign, reform, reformation,
     regression, remaking, renewal, reshaping, restructuring,
     retrocession, retrogradation, retrogression, reversal, revival,
     revivification, revolution, rotting, ruin, sharpening, shift,
     slippage, slump, souring, spoiling, sudden change, switch,
     total change, transition, turn, turnabout, upheaval, variation,
     variety, violent change, wane, waning, worsening
  
  

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