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retrogradation

[re-troh-grey-dey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. backward movement.
  2. decline or deterioration.
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Origin of retrogradation

1545–55; < Late Latin retrōgradātiōn- (stem of retrōgradātiō), probably equivalent to Latin retrōgrad(us) retrograde + -ātiō -ation, as translation of Greek anapodismós
Related formsret·ro·gra·da·to·ry [re-truh-grey-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˌrɛ trəˈgreɪ dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
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Related Words

lapse, regression, relapse, retrogression, atavism, throwback

Examples from the Web for retrogradation

Historical Examples

  • In truth, however, the retrogradation was much slighter than appeared on the surface.

    American Political Ideas Viewed From The Standpoint Of Universal History

    John Fiske

  • The benefit is not so generously bestowed, where there is retrogradation and reflection.

  • The arc of retrogradation is the angular distance thus apparently traversed.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth