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English noun: rot

1. rot (state) a state of decay usually accompanied by an offensive odor


Broader (hypernym)decay

Narrower (hyponym)corruption, putrescence, putridness, rottenness

2. rot (process) (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action

Synonymsdecomposition, putrefaction, rotting

Broader (hypernym)decay

Domain categorybiological science, biology

3. rot (communication) unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements)

Synonymsbuncombe, bunk, bunkum, guff, hogwash

Broader (hypernym)drivel, garbage

Narrower (hyponym)bull, bullshit, crap, dogshit, horseshit, Irish bull, shit

English verb: rot

1. rot (change) break down

SamplesThe bodies decomposed in the heat.

Synonymsdecompose, molder, moulder

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)decay

Narrower (hyponym)biodegrade, hang

2. rot (body) become physically weaker

SamplesPolitical prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)degenerate, deteriorate, devolve, drop

Narrower (hyponym)gangrene, mortify, necrose, sphacelate

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