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Noun (futsuumeishi)
noun or participle which takes the aux. verb suru
decline, degeneration, decay, waning, ebbingRückgang, Niedergang, Degeneration

ON: スイKUN: おとろ.える
decline, wane, weaken

退ON: タイKUN: しりぞ.く, しりぞ.ける, ひ.く, の.く, の.ける, ど.く
retreat, withdraw, retire, resign, repel, expel, reject

ON: スイKUN: おとろ.える
decline, wane, weaken

ON: タイKUN: くず.れる
decline, slide

Example sentences
475年はローマ帝国の「衰退」を示す年ではあっても、「滅亡」を意味する年ではありません。Parts: (ねん), ローマ帝国 (ローマていこく), 衰退 (すいたい), 示す (しめす), (とし), ではある, 滅亡 (めつぼう), 意味 (いみ), (とし)Although 475AD is the year that shows the 'decline' of the Roman Empire, it is not the year of its 'fall'.

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