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retrograde

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of retrograde

  1. 1 directed, turned, or done toward the back <retrograde pedaling will engage the brakes on that bike> Synonyms rearward, backwardRelated Words reverse, reversed; aft, after, hind, posterior, rear; astern, sternforemostNear Antonyms forward

  2. 2 pleasantly reminiscent of an earlier time <the loft's retrograde decor seeks to capture the look and feel of the swinging '60s> Synonyms antique, oldfangled, old-school, old-time, old-timey, old-world, quaint, retro, old-fashioned, vintageRelated Words antiquated, moldy, obsolete, rinky-dink; historic, historical, olden, traditional; old hat, outdated, outmoded, out-of-date, outworn, passé, superannuated; dated, fusty, moth-eaten, musty, stodgy; aged, age-old, ancient, antediluvian, atavistic, fossilized, hoary, venerable; bygone, erstwhile, former, late, past; forgotten, remote; ageless, dateless; timeless; anachronistic (also anachronic), anachronousNear Antonyms fresh, new; chic, designer, fashionable, smart, stylish; modernized, refurbished, remodeled, renewed, updated; last, latest; futuristic, high-tech (also hi-tech), latter-day, nontraditional; recentAntonyms contemporary, current, hot, mod, modern, modernist, modernistic, new age, newfangled, new-fashioned, present-day, red-hot, space-age, state-of-the-art, ultramodern, up-to-date




retrograde

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of retrograde

  1. to become worse or of less value <the Dark Ages, the period following the fall of the Roman Empire when Western civilization seriously retrograded> Synonyms atrophy, crumble, decay, decline, degenerate, descend, devolve, ebb, regress, deteriorate, rot, sink, worsenRelated Words abate, de-escalate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, recede, wane; break down, corrupt, decompose, degrade, dilapidate, disintegrate, molder, putrefy; sour, spoil; lessen, lower, reduce; debilitate, undermine; droop, fail, fall, flag, lag, languish, run down, sag, slip, waste (away), weaken, wiltNear Antonyms better, upgrade; enhance, enrich, fortify, heighten, intensify, strengthen; advance, develop, march, proceed, progressAntonyms ameliorate, improve, meliorate





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