[ des-wi-tood, -tyood ]
/ ˈdɛs wɪˌtud, -ˌtyud /


the state of being no longer used or practiced.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for desuetude

/ (dɪˈsjuːɪˌtjuːd, ˈdɛswɪtjuːd) /


formal the condition of not being in use or practice; disusethose ceremonies had fallen into desuetude

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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