Meaning of descension in English:


Pronunciation /dəˈsɛnʃ(ə)n/


  • 1rare in singular An act of moving downwards, dropping, or falling.

    ‘a smooth descension back down’
    • ‘Our families descended on the Guadalupe River, and what a descension it was.’
    • ‘If the lack of scoring, poor play and descension in the standings continues, the only way to get better is to trade away a major player for maximum return.’
    • ‘Good and earned leadership on a great team almost makes descension impossible.’
    • ‘Its design and technology prevent constant ladder ascension/descension.’
    • ‘She talked about how in some Gospels, the women experienced an earthquake and the descension of an angel from heaven on the way to the tomb’
    • ‘Once the flight crew announces descension, spruce up with a swipe of complexion-lifting lipstick, eye-defining shadow and bronzing highlighter.’
    1. 1.1A moral, social, or psychological decline.
      ‘the descension of political discourse to the level of an ad hominem and bigoted remark’
      • ‘This means the descension of this country into an economic abyss.’
      • ‘Let's just say that I could dismantle his contentions over a post requiring several hundred words complete with sources, resulting in a million downvotes and a descension into comments hell.’
      • ‘We must complete the chilling task of picturing how slow and tortuous his descension into psychosis really was.’
      • ‘That dusty old English moralist John Milton loved to wax poetic about mankind's mad descension into hell.’
      • ‘The senator's own descension into the gutter has also taken a toll on his assistant's statesmanlike image.’
      • ‘The 24-year-old goaltender has spent the offseason addressing possible culprits for his descension from budding superstar to someone simply fighting to stay in the league.’
  • 2rare A flock of woodpeckers.


Late Middle English via Old French from Latin descensio(n-), from the verb descendere (see descend). descension (sense 2) was first found in a medieval glossary of collective terms.