Definition of descension in English:

descension

noun

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

    • ‘a smooth descension back down’
    1. 1.1A moral, social, or psychological decline.
      • ‘the descension of political discourse to the level of an ad hominem and bigoted remark’
  • 2 rare A flock of woodpeckers.

Pronunciation

descension

/dəˈsenSH(ə)n/ /dəˈsɛnʃ(ə)n/

Origin

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.