Meaning of facilis descensus in English:

facilis descensus

Pronunciation /ˈfasɪlɪs dɛˈsɛnsəs/ /ˈfakɪlɪs dɛˈskɛnsəs/


  • With reference to Virgil's use: ‘easiness of the descent’ or an easy descent; especially the easiness and rapidity of moral decline or falling into bad ways; (also) the way to ruin, the ‘downhill slope’; an instance of this. See facilis descensus Averni .


Early 19th century; earliest use found in Edinburgh Magazine & Literary Miscellany. Short for facilis descensus Averni.