dégringolade


dé·grin·go·lade

noun \ˌdā-ˌgraⁿ(ŋ)-gə-ˈläd\

Definition of DÉGRINGOLADE

:  a rapid decline or deterioration (as in strength, position, or condition) :  downfall

Examples of DÉGRINGOLADE

  1. <the sad dégringolade of the holiday from a solemn day of remembrance to just another excuse to go shopping>
  2. <a sad dégringolade for a theater company that once premiered important American plays>

Origin of DÉGRINGOLADE

French, from dégringoler to tumble down, from Middle French desgringueler, from des- de- + gringueler to tumble, from Middle Dutch crinkelen to make curl, from crinc, cring ring, circle
First Known Use: 1873

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