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Definition of Retrograde

Retrograde

  1. Apparently moving backward, and contrary to the succession of the signs, that is, from east to west, as a planet.
  2. Tending or moving backward; having a backward course; contrary; as, a retrograde motion; -- opposed to progressive.
  3. Declining from a better to a worse state; as, a retrograde people; retrograde ideas, morals, etc.
  4. To go in a retrograde direction; to move, or appear to move, backward, as a planet.
  5. Hence, to decline from a better to a worse condition, as in morals or intelligence.

Retrograde Quotations

All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.
Edward Gibbon

There are three classes of men; the retrograde, the stationary and the progressive.
Johann Kaspar Lavater

To me it's no accident that all the symphony orchestras around the world tune up to the note A. And A is 440 cycles, except in Germany where it's 444. But the universe is 450 cycles. So what I'm trying to say is, I think it's God's voice, melody especially. Counterpoint, retrograde inversion, harmony... that's the science and the craft.
Quincy Jones

The rise or fall of wages is common to all states of society, whether it be the stationary, the advancing, or the retrograde state.
David Ricardo

The only people available to change the world are the people now living in it, with all the beliefs they bring along - however retrograde those beliefs may appear to those of us who see ourselves as enlightened.
Todd Gitlin
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Retrograde Translations

retrograde in Dutch is achterwaarts
retrograde in Italian is ritornare

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