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[dih-sen-shuh n]
  1. Astrology. the part of the zodiac in which the influence of a planet is weakest.Compare exaltation(def 6).
  2. descent.
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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
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Examples from the Web for descension

Historical Examples

  • 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).

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