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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DESCENDANT

"Jock of Norfolk" is represented by a descendant of noble impulses.

It was nothing—only the quip of a witty fellow, descendant of a Spanish freebooter.

Algernon Sidney, beheaded on Tower Hill, was his descendant.

Imagine the look he would bestow on his descendant as I sat down to table.

With Cyrus, the descendant of Achæmenes, the real history of Persia begins.

With horror he, the descendant of Rajahs and of conquerors, had to face the doubt of his own bravery.

King Kroum afterwards used the skull of the descendant of the Caesars as a drinking-cup.

So did the high-born Ajax spoil Simosius, the descendant of Anthemion.

He is a descendant of the illustrious French family of similar name.

Much such a man, perhaps a descendant, travelled East Anglia about 1866.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c. (adj.), c.1600 (n.), from French descendant (13c.), present participle of descendre (see descend). Despite a tendency to use descendent for the adjective and descendant for the noun, descendant seems to be prevailing in all uses and appears 5 times more often than its rival in books printed since 1900. Cf. dependant.

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