Synonyms of descent
1 fallDictionary • The airplane crashed on its descent into the airport.
fall • The helmets are designed to withstand impacts equivalent to a fall from a bicycle.
drop • There was a sheer drop just outside my window.
plunge • a refreshing plunge into cold water
2 slopeDictionary • On the descents, cyclists freewheel past cars.
slope • a mountain slope
dip • She acknowledged me with a slight dip of the head.
incline • He came to a halt at the edge of a steep incline.
slant • The house is on a slant.
3 declineDictionary • his swift descent from respected academic to homeless derelict
decline • Rome's decline in the fifth century.
deterioration • the rapid deterioration in relations between the two countries
degradation • the progressive degradation of the state
decadence • a prime example of the decadence of the age
degeneration • the degeneration of our political system
debasement • fantasies of domination and debasement
4 originDictionary • All the contributors were of foreign descent.
origin • people of Asian origin
extraction • He married a young lady of Indian extraction.
ancestry • They can trace their ancestry back to the seventeenth century.
lineage • They can trace their lineage back to the 18th century.
family tree • the difficulties of tracing a complex family tree
parentage • She is a Londoner of mixed English and Jamaican parentage.
genealogy • He had sat and repeated his family's genealogy to her.
derivation • The derivation of its name is obscure.
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ancestryYour ancestry is the fact that you are descended from certain people.
• They can trace their ancestry back to the seventeenth century.
• fantasies of domination and debasement
decadenceIf you say that a person or society is decadent, you think that they have low moral standards and are interested mainly in pleasure. (noun)
• a prime example of the decadence of the age
Thesaurus for descent from the Collins English Thesaurus
the act of descending