descent

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From Middle English and Anglo-Norman descente, from Anglo-Norman descendre (to descend); see descend. Compare ascent, ascend.

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descent (plural descents)

  1. An instance of descending
    We climbed the mountain with difficulty, but the descent was easier.
  2. A way down.
    We had difficulty in finding the correct descent.
  3. A sloping passage or incline.
    The descent into the cavern was wet and slippery.
  4. Lineage or hereditary derivation
    Our guide was of Welsh descent.
  5. A drop to a lower status or condition.
    After that, the holiday went into a steep descent.

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  • Sometimes confused with decent.

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