Dictionary: DE-TE'RI-O-RA-TING – DE-TEST'

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Becoming worse or inferior in quality.


A growing or making worse; the state of growing worse.


Worse state or quality; as deteriority of diet. – Ray.

DE-TER'MENT, n. [See Deter.]

The act of deterring; the cause of deterring; that which deters. – Boyle.

DE-TERM'IN-A-BLE, a. [See Determine.]

  1. That may be decided with certainty. – Boyle.
  2. That may end or be determined.

DE-TERM'IN-ATE, a. [L. determinatus.]

  1. Limited; fixed; definite; as, a determinate quantity of matter.
  2. Established; settled; positive; as, a determinate rule or order. The determinate counsel of God. – Acts ii.
  3. Decisive; conclusive; as, a determinate resolution or judgment.
  4. Resolved on. – Shak.
  5. Fixed; resolute. – Sidney.


To limit. [Not used. See Determine.]


  1. With certainty. The principles of religion are determinately true or false. – Tillotson.
  2. Resolutely; with fixed resolve. – Sidney.


The state of being determinate, certain, or precise.


  1. The act of determining or deciding.
  2. Decision of a question in the mind; firm resolution; settled purpose; as, they have acquainted me with their determination.
  3. Judicial decision; the ending of a controversy or suit by the judgment of a court. Justice is promoted by a speedy determination of causes, civil and criminal.
  4. Absolute direction to a certain end. Remissness can by no means consist with a constant determination of the will to the greatest apparent good. Locke.
  5. An ending; a putting an end to; as, the determination of a will. – Blackstone.


  1. That uncontrollably directs to a certain end. The determinative power of a just cause. – Blackstone.
  2. Limiting; that limits or bounds; as, a word may be determinative and limit the subject. – Watts.


One who determines. – Brown.


  1. To resolve; to conclude; to come to a decision. He shall pay as the judges determine. – Ex. xxi. It is indifferent how the learned shall determine concerning this matter. – Anon.
  2. To end; to terminate. The danger determined by the death of the conspirators. Revolutions often determine in setting up tyranny at home, or in conquest from abroad. Some estates may determine, on future contingencies. – Blackstone.

DE-TERM'INE, v.t. [L. determino; de and termino, to bound; terminus, a boundary or limit; W. tervyn, an extremity, or limit; terv, outward, extreme; tervynu, to fix a bound, to limit, to determine; term, a term, extreme point; termiaw, to limit; Ir. teora, a border or limit; Gr. τερμα, τερμων. See Term.]

  1. To end; particularly, to end by the decision or conclusion of a cause, or of a doubtful or controverted point; applicable to the decisions of the mind, or to judicial decisions. We say, I had determined this question in my own mind; the court has determined the cause.
  2. To end and fix; to settle ultimately; as, this event determined his fate.
  3. To fix on; to settle or establish; as, to determine the proper season for planting seeds. God … hath determined the times before appointed. – Acts xvii.
  4. To end; to limit; to bound; to confine. Yonder hill determines our view. Knowledge is determined by the sight. – Bacon.
  5. To give a direction to; to influence the choice; that is, to limit to a particular purpose or direction; this circumstance determined him to the study of law. Also, to give a direction to material bodies in their course; as, impulse may determine a moving body to this or that point.
  6. To resolve, that is, to end or settle a point in the mind, as in definition first. I determined this with myself. – 2 Cor. ii. Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus. – Acts xx.
  7. To destroy. [Not used.] – Shak.
  8. To put an end to; as, to determine a will. – Blackstone.
  9. To settle or ascertain, as something uncertain. The character of the soul is determined by the character of its God. – J. Edwards.


  1. Ended; concluded; decided; limited; fixed; settled; resolved; directed.
  2. adj. Having a firm or fixed purpose, as a determined man; or manifesting a firm resolution, as a determined countenance.


In a determined manner.


One who decides or determines.


Ending; deciding; fixing; setting; resolving; directing.

DE-TER-RA'TION, n. [L. de and terra, earth.]

The uncovering of anything which is buried or covered with earth; a taking from out of the earth. – Woodward.

DE-TER'RED, pp. [See Deter.]

Discouraged or prevented from proceeding or acting, by fear, difficulty or danger.


  1. Discouraging or influencing not to proceed or act, by fear, difficulty, danger, or prospect of evil.
  2. adj. Discouraging; frightening. – Ash.

DE-TER'SION, n. [L. detersus, detergo. See Deterge.]

The act of cleansing, as a sore. – Wiseman.

DE-TER'SIVE, a. [It. detersivo; Fr. detersif. See Deterge.]

Cleansing; having power to cleanse from offending matter.


A medicine which has the power of cleansing ulcers, or carrying off foul matter.

DE-TEST', v.t. [L. detestor; de and testor, to affirm or bear witness; It. detestare; Sp. detestar; Fr. detester. The primary sense of testor is to set, throw or thrust. To detest is to thrust away.]

To abhor; to abominate; to hate extremely; as, to detest crimes or meanness.