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WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Anglo-French decreiss-, present participle stem of decreistre, Old French descroistre (12c., Modern French décroître), from Latin decrescere "to grow less, diminish," from de- "away from" (see de-) + crescere "to grow" (see crescent). Related: Decreased; decreasing.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.