de·​scen·​sion di-ˈsen-chən How to pronounce descension (audio)

Examples of descension in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After Wednesday’s one-point loss to Seton Hall and a blowout win over Butler to end the week, the UConn men’s basketball team continued its descension in the AP Poll to No. 19 on Monday. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 23 Jan. 2023 That was the beginning of her sort of psychological descension into not wanting to look at herself and actually do any sort of work and just try to numb by being susceptible with other people. Chancellor Agard,, 7 Jan. 2022

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'descension.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of descension was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near descension

Cite this Entry

“Descension.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!