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retrogress

[re-truh-gres, re-truh-gres] /ˌrɛ trəˈgrɛs, ˈrɛ trəˌgrɛs/
verb (used without object)
1.
to go backward into an earlier and usually worse condition:
to retrogress to infantilism.
2.
to move backward.
Origin of retrogress
1810-1820
1810-20; < Latin retrōgressus past participle of retrōgradī to go back or backward, equivalent to retrō- retro- + gred-, combining form of gradī to step, go (see grade) + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > ss
Synonyms
1. decline, degenerate, retrograde, withdraw, retreat, revert.
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Examples from the Web for retrogress
Historical Examples
  • But, as a matter of fact, there are species which are arrested; there are some that retrogress.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • What had caused the man to retrogress Luis and Luise Obispo?

    Forget Me Nearly Floyd L. Wallace
  • We don't stand still or retrogress; we keep going on and up.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
  • Would I could retrogress over the devious and enchanting itinerary.

    Shandygaff

    Christopher Morley
  • According to him the eyes of Proteus may develop to a certain point and then retrogress again.

  • In extremely exceptional instances the disease, after involving a small part, may retrogress and recovery take place.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon
  • That certain animals degenerate or retrogress in their development is susceptible of ready and familiar illustration.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
British Dictionary definitions for retrogress

retrogress

/ˌrɛtrəʊˈɡrɛs/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to go back to an earlier, esp worse, condition; degenerate or deteriorate
2.
to move backwards; recede
3.
(biology) to develop characteristics or features of lower or simpler organisms; degenerate
Derived Forms
retrogression, noun
retrogressive, adjective
retrogressively, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Latin retrōgressus having moved backwards, from retrōgradī; see retrograde
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Word Origin and History for retrogress
v.

"move backward; deteriorate," 1816, probably a back-formation from retrogression. Related: Retrogressed; retrogressing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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