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Synonyms of rot in English:


  • 1 the floorboards in the centre of the room had rotted
    decay, decompose, disintegrate, crumble, become rotten;
    corrode, perish
  • 2 the meat was beginning to rot
    go bad, go off, spoil;
    go sour, moulder, go mouldy, taint;
    putrefy, fester, become gangrenous, mortify
    rare necrose, sphacelate
  • 3 poor city neighbourhoods have been left to rot for years
    deteriorate, degenerate, decline, decay, fall into decay, go to rack and ruin, become dilapidated, go to seed, go downhill, languish, moulder
    [Antonyms] recover, improve
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  • 1 the leaves were turning black with rot
    decay, decomposition;
    wet rot, dry rot
  • 2 staunch defenders of traditionalism argued that the rot set in with Van Gogh and Gauguin
    deterioration, decline;
    corruption, canker, cancer
  • 3 informal stop talking rot
    British informal cobblers, codswallop, cock, stuff and nonsense, tosh
    Scottish & Northern English informal havers
    North American informal garbage, flapdoodle, blathers, wack, bushwa, applesauce
    informal, dated bunkum, tommyrot, cod, gammon
    North American vulgar slang crapola
    [Antonyms] sense
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    sapro- related prefix, as in saprogenic
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