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Related to breakdown: nervous breakdown
1. the act or process of ceasing to function, or the resulting condition.
2. an often sudden collapse in health, physical or mental.
3. loss of self-control.
nervous breakdown a nonspecific, popular name for any type of mental disorder that interferes with the affected individual's normal activities, often implying a severe episode of sudden onset.
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1. A typically sudden collapse in physical or mental health.
2. Disintegration or decomposition into parts or elements.
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Vox populi Any deterioration or reduction to a lesser state
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