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Definition of Descent

Descent

  1. The act of descending, or passing downward; change of place from higher to lower.
  2. Incursion; sudden attack; especially, hostile invasion from sea; -- often followed by upon or on; as, to make a descent upon the enemy.
  3. Progress downward, as in station, virtue, as in station, virtue, and the like, from a higher to a lower state, from a higher to a lower state, from the more to the less important, from the better to the worse, etc.
  4. Derivation, as from an ancestor; procedure by generation; lineage; birth; extraction.
  5. Transmission of an estate by inheritance, usually, but not necessarily, in the descending line; title to inherit an estate by reason of consanguinity.
  6. Inclination downward; a descending way; inclined or sloping surface; declivity; slope; as, a steep descent.
  7. That which is descended; descendants; issue.
  8. A step or remove downward in any scale of gradation; a degree in the scale of genealogy; a generation.
  9. Lowest place; extreme downward place.
  10. A passing from a higher to a lower tone.

Descent Quotations

When we say Afro American, we include everyone in the Western Hemisphere of African descent. South America is America. Central America is America. South America has many people in it of African descent.
Malcolm X

There is a descent from God through the world to animals, and an ascent from animals through the world to God. He is the highest point of the scale, pure act and active power, the purest light.
Giordano Bruno

The descent to Hades is the same from every place.
Anaxagoras

Those who boast of their descent, brag on what they owe to others.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The descent to the infernal regions is easy enough, but to retrace one's steps, and reach the air above, there's the rub.
Virgil
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Descent Translations

descent in Dutch is afdaling
descent in German is Abstieg {m}
descent in Latin is progenies, successio
descent in Portuguese is descida
descent in Spanish is bajada, descenso
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