Definition of retrograde
- Saturn is retrograde for another week
- a retrograde orbit
- retrograde amnesia
- retrograde fashion
a retrograde policy that would leave more people poorer than they are now
retrograde pedaling will engage the brakes on that bike
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Retrograde describes backwardness of one kind or another. If a country decided to go back to amputating the limbs of criminals, we might call that policy retrograde. A retrograde view of women might be one that sees them basically as housekeepers. Mars and Jupiter show retrograde (backward) motion at some stages of their orbits, though this is only because of the way we see them from the earth, not because of any real backward movement.
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
the Dark Ages, the period following the fall of the Roman Empire when Western civilization seriously retrograded
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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