- moving in an orbit in the direction opposite to that of the earth in its revolution around the sun.
- appearing to move on the celestial sphere in the direction opposite to the natural order of the signs of the zodiac, or from east to west.Compare direct(def 25).
verb (used without object), ret·ro·grad·ed, ret·ro·grad·ing.
verb (used with object), ret·ro·grad·ed, ret·ro·grad·ing.
Origin of retrograde
Synonyms for retrograde
Related Words for retrogradesinking, reversed, inverted, deteriorating, receding, declining, backward, contrary, inverse, catabolic
Examples from the Web for retrograde
Contemporary Examples of retrograde
The Muslim Brotherhood is a retrograde, conservative religious movement.Neocon Scholar: Keep Bloodying The Brotherhood
August 16, 2013
“Women are seeing the retrograde direction of this party,” she asserts.Democrats and Republicans Reignite Fight Over VAWA
January 29, 2013
Diaspora Jews—stuck in ghettos with retrograde Halachic norms—lacked these Hebrew things.Israel Must Recognize Israel
May 16, 2012
Note: negative manifestation of this retrograde is overindulgence in that which artificially stills your racing mind.Your Week: What the Stars Predict
Starsky + Cox
August 28, 2011
Neptune retrograde on Friday begins a period of transparency.Horoscopes: May 29-June 4, 2011
Starsky + Cox
May 28, 2011
Historical Examples of retrograde
The ideal is as impracticable as it is puerile and retrograde.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)
Such a return to the nakedness of the brute must be retrograde.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
This is the kernel of all that is most retrograde in Mr. Carlyle's teaching.Critical Miscellanies, Vol. I
But she had an idea that the world would go on rather than retrograde.A Little Girl in Old Boston
Amanda Millie Douglas
Its retrograde movement was slow, but steady and irresistible.Freaks on the Fells
- occurring or orbiting in a direction opposite to that of the earth's motion around the sunCompare direct (def. 18)
- occurring or orbiting in a direction around a planet opposite to the planet's rotational directionthe retrograde motion of the satellite Phoebe around Saturn
- appearing to move in a clockwise direction due to the rotational period exceeding the period of revolution around the sunVenus has retrograde rotation