What does the word decomposition mean?

Usage examples for decomposition

  1. The growing influence of the Orientals that accompanied the decline of the empire has frequently been considered a morbid phenomenon and a symptom of the slow decomposition of the ancient world. – The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism by Franz Cumont
  2. The affairs of France were in such confusion that it was impossible for them, according to Farnese, to remain in such condition much longer without bringing about entire decomposition. – History of the United Netherlands, 1592-94 by John Lothrop Motley
  3. The animal, however, was dead, and decomposition was already setting in. – The Romance of Natural History, Second Series by Philip Henry Gosse

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