• WordNet 3.6
    • n desuetude a state of inactivity or disuse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Desuetude The cessation of use; disuse; discontinuance of practice, custom, or fashion. "The desuetude abrogated the law, which, before, custom had established."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n desuetude Discontinuance of use, practice, custom, or fashion; disuse: as, many words in every language have fallen into desuetude.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Desuetude des′we-tūd disuse: discontinuance of custom, habit, or practice.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. desuetudo, from desuescere, to grow out of use, disuse; de, + suescere, to become used or accustomed: cf. F. désuétude,. See Custom
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. desuetudodesuētum, desuescĕrede, neg., and suescĕre, to become used.


In literature:

In the meantime, the "dark circle" went into desuetude, and Spiritualism, as a cult, declined.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
This fashion, Germans inform you, is falling into desuetude; but it falls slowly.
"Home Life in Germany" by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
I had been so busy for several months that all my symptoms had sunk into desuetude.
"Confessions of a Neurasthenic" by William Taylor Marrs
Hard drinking has, generally speaking, fallen into desuetude.
"Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria's Reign" by John Ashton
One evening late in October she asked Irene casually, as if there had been no interval of desuetude, whether she were coming out.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
From my friend Hawkins I borrowed baby-scales, fallen into desuetude, and triumphantly jotted down the ounces gained each week by Baby Paul.
"A Top-Floor Idyl" by George van Schaick
These courts have fallen into desuetude.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8" by Various
But the whole history of Israel shows how utterly and how early the law must have fallen into desuetude.
"Essays Upon Some Controverted Questions" by Thomas H. Huxley
After the day of Pope the epistle again fell into desuetude, or occasional use, in England.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6" by Various
He made a strong effort to revive the early morning services, which had quite fallen into desuetude at Whitford.
"A Charming Fellow, Volume I (of 3)" by Frances Eleanor Trollope