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verb De*cay"
To pass gradually from a sound, prosperous, or perfect state, to one of imperfection, adversity, or dissolution; to waste away; to decline; to fail; to become weak, corrupt, or disintegrated; to rot; to perish; as, a tree decays; fortunes decay; hopes decay.

Etymology: OF. decaeir dechaer decheoir, F. d├ęchoir, to decline, fall, become less; L. de- + cadere to fall. See Chance

verb De*cay"
  1. To cause to decay; to impair.(R)"Infirmity, that decays the wise." [Shak.]
  2. To destroy.(Obs)
noun De*cay"
  1. Gradual failure of health, strength, soundness, prosperity, or of any species of excellence or perfection; tendency toward dissolution or extinction; corruption; rottenness; decline; deterioration; as, the decay of the body; the decay of virtue; the decay of the Roman empire; a castle in decay. "Perhaps my God, though he be far before, May turn, and take me by the hand, and more May strengthen my decays." [Herbert.]"His [Johnson's] failure was not to be ascribed to intellectual decay." [Macaulay.]"Which has caused the decay of the consonants to follow somewhat different laws." [James Byrne.]
  2. Destruction; death.(Obs)
  3. Cause of decay.(R)"He that plots to be the only figure among ciphers, is the decay of the whole age." [Bacon.]
    synonyms: Decline; consumption. See Decline.
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  1. The organic phenomenon of rotting
  2. A gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current
  3. The process of gradually becoming inferior
  4. The spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation
  5. An inferior state resulting from the process of decaying ("the corpse was in an advanced state of decay" and "the house had fallen into a serious state of decay and disrepair")
  6. Fall into decay or ruin ("The unoccupied house started to decay")
  7. Lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current
  8. Undergo decay or decomposition ("The body started to decay and needed to be cremated")

From Old French decair (“to fall away, decay, decline”), from Medieval Latin *decadere, restored form of Latin decidere (“to fall away, fail, sink, perish”), from de (“down”) + cadere (“to fall”); compare decadent and decadence.

  1. The process or result of being gradually decomposed.
  2. A deterioration of condition.

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Past life for Decay born Sep 12, 2018

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA North-East approximately on 1075. Your profession was farmer, weaver, and tailor.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. Your lesson - development and expansion of your mental consciousness. Find good teacher, spend a part of your time and energy on his wisdom.

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