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decay sb. (1 a common 16th c. use)
1. downfall, destruction, ruin John IV. iii. 154 “The imminent of wrested pomp,” 2H6 III. i. 194, R3 IV. iv. 410, Lucr. 516 “thy life's ” ; also, cause of ruin Sonn. lxxx. 14 “my love was my decay.”
2. a ruin (fig.) Lr. V. ii. 299 “this great decay.”
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    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 5.2
    • William Shakespeare, King John, 4.3
    • William Shakespeare, The Second Part of Henry VI, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, lxxx
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