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To make up for his indiscretion, K. suggested a descent to the river.

Our journey must now be compared to the descent from cloud-land in a balloon.

Traces of the French descent which the widow boasted of were apparent in Winnie too.

His descent into the street was like the descent into a slimy aquarium from which the water had been run off.

I continued the descent, and crossed the creek to where the unfortunate Tulp was waiting for me.

Nor could I see any special value in the fact of descent, even were it unquestioned.

What a descent from the summit of hope to the depths of despair!

An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.

But just in front of us there was a little open ground suitable for our descent.

We know, now what you underwent when you suspected my descent, and when you knew it.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Old French descente "descent, descendance, lineage," formed from descendre (see descend) on analogy of French nouns such as attente from attendre "to expect," vente "sale" from vendre "to sell," pente "slope" from pendre "to hang" (the etymological English word from Latin would be *descence).

Figurative use is from late 14c. Meaning "action of descending," also "a downward slope" is from 1590s. Meaning "act of descending from an ancestor" is from mid-14c. Evolutionary sense is from 1859 in Darwin, though there are uses which suggest essentially the same thing going back to 1630s.

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