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descent

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1 the act or process of going to a lower level or altitude
  • the airplane began its gradual descent to the landing field

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2 a gradual sinking and wasting away of mind or body
  • the family patriarch's heartbreaking descent into infirmity and senility

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4 a loss of status
  • for throwing the game, the ballplayer underwent a huge descent in the eyes of the fans

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5 a sudden attack on and entrance into hostile territory
  • the lightning descent of the invading army on that unsuspecting border town

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7 the line of ancestors from whom a person is descended
  • a person of Finnish descent

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8 a downward slope
  • on bicycle tours the ascents always seem to outnumber the descents

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“Descent.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/descent. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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