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The ideal is as impracticable as it is puerile and retrograde.

Such a return to the nakedness of the brute must be retrograde.

This is the kernel of all that is most retrograde in Mr. Carlyle's teaching.

But she had an idea that the world would go on rather than retrograde.

Its retrograde movement was slow, but steady and irresistible.

This retrograde movement was soon effected, and the friends dismounted.

He is retrograde; the Spain of to-day is and must be progressive.

You retrograde five full centuries when you step across the line.

And I'm not sure but the church would suit your retrograde ideas.

There could be nothing more foolish, barbarous, and retrograde.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., originally of the apparent motions of planets, from Latin retrogradus "going back, going backward," from retrogradi "move backward," from retro- "backward" (see retro-) + gradi "to go, step" (see grade (n.)). General sense of "tending to revert" is recorded from 1530s.

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