descent

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[de·scent]

If you’re on your way down, you’re making a descent, whether that’s as a passenger in an airplane that's landing, or if you’re tumbling down a staircase you just slipped on.

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The act of descending, or passing downward; change of place from higher to lower.

Noun
the act of changing your location in a downward direction

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properties attributable to your ancestry; "he comes from good origins"

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a movement downward

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the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors"

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a downward slope or bend

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the kinship relation between an individual and the individual''s progenitors


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The act of descending, or passing downward; change of place from higher to lower.

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Incursion; sudden attack; especially, hostile invasion from sea; -- often followed by upon or on; as, to make a descent upon the enemy.

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Progress downward, as in station, virtue, as in station, virtue, and the like, from a higher to a lower state, from a higher to a lower state, from the more to the less important, from the better to the worse, etc.

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Derivation, as from an ancestor; procedure by generation; lineage; birth; extraction.

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Transmission of an estate by inheritance, usually, but not necessarily, in the descending line; title to inherit an estate by reason of consanguinity.

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Inclination downward; a descending way; inclined or sloping surface; declivity; slope; as, a steep descent.

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That which is descended; descendants; issue.

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A step or remove downward in any scale of gradation; a degree in the scale of genealogy; a generation.

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Lowest place; extreme downward place.

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A passing from a higher to a lower tone.


Descent

De*scent" , n. [F. descente, fr. descendre; like vente, from vendre. See Descend.] 1. The act of descending, or passing downward; change of place from higher to lower. 2. Incursion; sudden attack; especially, hostile invasion from sea; -- often followed by upon or on; as, to make a descent upon the enemy.
The United Provinces . . . ordered public prayer to God, when they feared that the French and English fleets would make a descent upon their coasts.
3. Progress downward, as in station, virtue, as in station, virtue, and the like, from a higher to a lower state, from a higher to a lower state, from the more to the less important, from the better to the worse, etc. 2. Derivation, as from an ancestor; procedure by generation; lineage; birth; extraction. Dryden. 5. (Law) Transmission of an estate by inheritance, usually, but not necessarily, in the descending line; title to inherit an estate by reason of consanguinity. Abbott. 6. Inclination downward; a descending way; inclined or sloping surface; declivity; slope; as, a steep descent. 7. That which is descended; descendants; issue.
If care of our descent perplex us most, Which must be born to certain woe.
8. A step or remove downward in any scale of gradation; a degree in the scale of genealogy; a generation.
No man living is a thousand descents removed from Adam himself.
9. Lowest place; extreme downward place. [R.]
And from the extremest upward of thy head, To the descent and dust below thy foot.
10. (Mus.) A passing from a higher to a lower tone. Syn. -- Declivity; slope; degradation; extraction; lineage; assault; invasion; attack.

The act of descending, or passing downward; change of place from higher to lower.

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Usage Examples

Patriotism is best exemplified through auto-critique. When you're willing to stand up within the group and say, 'It is wrong for Black people to be anti-Semitic,' or 'It is wrong for America to discriminate against persons of African descent and made them slaves and based its wealth upon free labor,' it's crucial to say that.

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Other Usage Examples

After 1980, you never heard reference to space again. Surface, the most convincing evidence of the descent into materialism, became the focus of design. Space disappeared.

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