1. (sometimes followed by `to') causing harm or injury

    Synonyms : damaging, prejudicial, prejudicious


  1. grow worse

    Synonyms : degenerate, devolve, drop
    Antonyms : recuperate
    Type Of : worsen, decline
    Examples :
    • Her condition deteriorated
  2. become worse or disintegrate

    Type Of : crumble, decay, dilapidate
    Examples :
    • His mind deteriorated


  1. try to prevent; show opposition to

    Synonyms : discourage
    Type Of : disapprove, reject
  2. turn away from by persuasion

    Synonyms : dissuade
    Type Of : advise, counsel, rede


  1. a state without friends or money or prospects

    Type Of : impoverishment, poorness, poverty


  1. without or almost without hope

    Synonyms : heartsick
    Examples :
    • despondent about his failure


  1. choose not to consume

    Synonyms : abstain, refrain


  1. blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character

    Synonyms : blasphemy, profanation, sacrilege
    Type Of : irreverence, violation
    Examples :
    • desecration of the Holy Sabbath


  1. remove the consecration from a person or an object

    Synonyms : deconsecrate, unhallow
    Antonyms : consecrate
    Type Of : change by reversal, reverse, turn
  2. violate the sacred character of a place or language

    Synonyms : outrage, profane, violate
    Type Of : assail, set on, assault, attack
    Examples :
    • desecrate a cemetery


  1. expressive of low opinion

    Synonyms : derogative, disparaging
    Examples :
    • derogatory comments


  1. treat or speak of with contempt

    Type Of : bemock, mock
    Examples :
    • He derided his student's attempt to solve the biggest problem in mathematics