One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the decaying bodies of fish filled the pond’
decomposing, decomposed, rotting, rotten, putrescent, putrid, bad, off, spoiled, spoilt, perished
mouldy, mouldering, festering, fetid, stinking, smelly, rancid, rank
maggoty, worm-eaten, wormy, flyblown
2‘Liverpool was a visibly decaying city’
declining, degenerating, dying, waning, crumbling, collapsing
run down, broken-down, tumbledown, ramshackle, shabby, battered, decrepit
in decline, on the decline, in ruins, in disrepair, in a state of disrepair, falling apart, falling to pieces
informal on its last legs, on the way out
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