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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

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 situation of Leh is a grand one, the great Kailas range, with its glaciers and snowfields, rising just behind it to the north, its passes alone reaching an altitude of nearly 18,000 feet; while to the south, across a gravelly descent and the Indus Valley, rise great red ranges dominated by snow-peaks exceeding 21,000 feet in altitude.
Isabella Bird

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

It's hard to be a minority. People look at you a different way, like you don't belong, and I don't think many people realize just how difficult it is to live as a minority. Where I come from, we learn to tolerate one another. Whether one is of Chinese descent or Malay descent, what matters is we're part of the same country, the same world.
Andrea Hirata

Genealogy, n. An account of one's descent from a man who did not particularly care to trace his own.
Ambrose Bierce
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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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