katabasis

noun
ka·tab·a·sis
variants: or catabasis \kəˈtabəsə̇s \
plural katabases or catabases\-bəˌsēz \

Definition of katabasis 

1 : a going or marching down or back : retreat especially : a military retreat the Russian anabasis and katabasis of Napoleon — Thomas De Quincey the tragic and precipitate katabasis of the UN troops — H. L. Ickes

2 : a troparion sung after the two sides of the choir descend to the middle of the church at the end of each ode of the canon at matins in the Eastern Orthodox Church

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for katabasis

Greek katabasis descent, from katabainein to go down, from kata- cata- + bainein to go

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about katabasis

Dictionary Entries near katabasis

kat

kata

Katabanian

katabasis

katabatic

katabella

katachromasis

Statistics for katabasis

Look-up Popularity

Comments on katabasis

What made you want to look up katabasis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

required by fashion, etiquette, or custom

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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