- the state of being no longer used or practiced.
Origin of desuetude
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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
No lapse of years seems to have brought a law once promulgated into desuetude.The Eighteen Christian Centuries
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.Montreal 1535-1914 under the French Rgime
William Henry Atherton
- formal the condition of not being in use or practice; disusethose ceremonies had fallen into desuetude
C15: from Latin dēsuētūdō, from dēsuescere to lay aside a habit, from de- + suescere to grow accustomed
Word Origin and History for desuetude
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