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All societies have means for organizing residence and descent groups. Macrosociology: An Introduction to Human Societies (1995)His descent into chaos and criminality had begun. The Sun (2011)The sudden descent could have happened because the pilots failed to put on oxygen masks. The Sun (2015)What followed for all of them was a descent into showbiz hell. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Then begins the long descent into hell. Times, Sunday Times (2013)And then will begin the descent into hell. Times, Sunday Times (2015)There were reports that the brakes had failed as the coach rounded the bend on the steep descent. Times, Sunday Times (2013)There was a great deal of screaming from the cast and the audience and a satisfying descent into chaos. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The distinction between local groups and descent groups is therefore one between common residence and a sense of common identity. Macrosociology: An Introduction to Human Societies (1995)Reaching for a dictionary is made all the more difficult by the steep and winding descent that follows shortly afterwards. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The other path for failed attempts at behavioral control through physical punishment was outright cruelty and sometimes descent into unremitting family warfare. On the Edge: A History of Poor Black Children and Their American Dreams (1993)Their cosy marriage's sudden descent into chaos is chillingly depicted. The Sun (2011)In this situation, women are mutually exchanged by descent groups in each generation. Macrosociology: An Introduction to Human Societies (1995)The first and foremost was that enslavement was the natural and proper status for people of African descent. America Past and Present (1995)It traces descent through the father, and descent groups are formed around the relationship between father and son. Macrosociology: An Introduction to Human Societies (1995)The coach crashed through a roadside wall on a sharp bend at the bottom of a steep descent near Grenoble. Times, Sunday Times (2007)There were suggestions that he was drunk, but his erratic behaviour was attributed to the fearsome experience and the sudden descent. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Prominent family of French descent. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Like so many of Scottish descent my family now finds itself in England. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Nobody gains from Syria's descent into chaos. Times, Sunday Times (2011)But, of course, there is a slow and awful descent into chaos. Times, Sunday Times (2012)I got to know a lot of people of West Indian descent. The Sun (2012)
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British English: descent NOUN
A descent is a movement from a higher to a lower level or position.
During the descent three people collapsed in the cold and rain.
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