Friday, April 14, 2006
desuetude noun [DES-wih-tood, -tyood] The cessation of use; discontinuance of practice or custom; disuse.
Definitions for desuetude
- The cessation of use; discontinuance of practice or custom; disuse.
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Citations for desuetude
Nuns and priests abandoned the identifying attire of the religious vocation and frequently also the vocation itself, experimental liturgies celebrated more the possibility of cultural advancement than that of eternal life, and popular Marian devotions fell into desuetude.
Probably only one in a hundred girls who give birth clandestinely even knows that an edict of King Henry II, now fallen into desuetude, once made their action punishable by death.
Origin of desuetude
late Middle English
Desuetude comes from Latin desuetudo, "disuse," from desuescere, "to become unaccustomed," from de- + suescere, "to become used or accustomed."