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[des-wi-tood, -tyood]
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  1. the state of being no longer used or practiced.
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Origin of desuetude

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin dēsuētūdo, equivalent to dēsuē-, base of dēsuēscere to become disaccustomed to, unlearn (dē- de- + suēscere to become accustomed to) + -tūdō -tude
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Related Words for desuetude

inactivity, disuse

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Historical Examples of desuetude

  • This fashion, Germans inform you, is falling into desuetude; but it falls slowly.

    Home Life in Germany

    Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick

  • Toasts have also fallen into "desuetude" at private dinners.

    The Complete Bachelor

    Walter Germain

  • No lapse of years seems to have brought a law once promulgated into desuetude.

  • There was not one inch of her that did not ache from desuetude, from moral inertia.

  • But it seems that up to the cession, these regulations had fallen into desuetude.

British Dictionary definitions for desuetude


  1. formal the condition of not being in use or practice; disusethose ceremonies had fallen into desuetude
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Word Origin for desuetude

C15: from Latin dēsuētūdō, from dēsuescere to lay aside a habit, from de- + suescere to grow accustomed
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Word Origin and History for desuetude


1620s, from Middle French désuétude (16c.), from Latin desuetudo "disuse," from desuetus, past participle of desuescere "become unaccustomed to," from de- "away, from" (see de-) + suescere "become used to" (see mansuetude).

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