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[dih-sen-shuh n] /dɪˈsɛn ʃən/
Astrology. the part of the zodiac in which the influence of a planet is weakest.
Compare exaltation (def 6).
Origin of descension
1350-1400; Middle English descensioun < Old French descension < Latin dēscēnsiōn- (stem of dēscēnsiō), equivalent to dēscēns(us) (past participle of dēscendere to descend) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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  • When there should have been an ascension there was a descension.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • It marks a descension from the higher plane reached by the vigorous pioneers who planted and reared our social tree.

    With Edge Tools Hobart Chatfield-Taylor
Word Origin and History for descension

early 15c., from Old French descension, from Latin descensionem (nominative descensio) "a going down, descending," noun of action from descensus, past participle of descendere (see descend).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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