deteriorating (part of speech: verb)
falling apart, sinking, putrefying, atrophying, downgrading, relapsing, degenerating, lapsing, fading, regressing, slipping, going downhill, tergiversating, sliding, decaying, retrogressing, getting worse, reverting, collapsing, withering, wilting, slumping, worsening, mouldering, deteriorating, declining, dilapidating, waning
pacifying (part of speech: verb)
easing, reconciling, placating, lulling, allaying, quelling, mollifying, hushing, conciliating, composing, soothing, smoothing, quieting, tranquilizing, assuaging, cooling, moderating, defusing, relieving, stabilizing, softening, calming, appeasing, pacifying
- If it were possible to imagine the waters of a tidal river rising and ebbing up and down this hollow these ledges would form its banks. - "Wild Life in a Southern County", Richard Jefferies.
- The ebbing life was ordered on that principle of high humanity which might be the last refinement of calculated cruelty. - "Stingaree", E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung.
- With her life ebbing fast, Mrs. Dalton made a pitiful attempt to explain the reason of her presence on her husband's side of the house, afraid that he would misunderstand her motive; and he was filled with sorrow and self- reproach. - "Banked Fires", E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi.