retrogress

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v retrogress go back to bad behavior "Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"
    • v retrogress get worse or fall back to a previous condition
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Retrogress Retrogression.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n retrogress Retrogradation; falling off; decline.
    • retrogress To move backward; retrograde.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Retrogress falling off
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Quotations

  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. L. retrogressus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. retrogradus, going backward—retro, backward, gradi, gressus, to go.

Usage

In literature:

The alternative of advance is retrogression.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
We are either progressing or we are retrogressing.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
In extremely exceptional instances the disease, after involving a small part, may retrogress and recovery take place.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
The cause for this retrogression was the love of migratory life which is characteristic of the American race.
"Footprints in the Forest" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
All societies have had their epochs of progress and of retrogression.
"Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863" by Adam Gurowski
The Morley Government puts a premium on idleness, unthrift, retrogression, and dishonesty.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Surely, this is no sign of retrogression but of tenacity.
"Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome" by Apicius
It cannot be too often repeated that sex-hatred means retrogression and not progress.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Retrogression in time, therefore, is frequently not only permissible but necessary.
"A Manual of the Art of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
Upon their surfaces and within their clefts and fissures they undergo retrogressive changes, softening, bleeding, or ulcerations.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
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In poetry:

ONE-MAN-ONE-VOTE! The knell of Retrogression!
The greatest triumph of the tongue and pen!
ONE-MAN-ONE-VOTE! The right of long possession
Is right no longer in the minds of men!
"One-Man-One-Vote" by Henry Lawson
And when he saw some shallow-pate,
With smallest brain possession,
He uttered no filosofy
On Nature's retrogression.
To ancient types, by Darwin's rule,
He simply said, "Wal, darn a fool."
"The Deacon And His Daughter" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

Having been born in 1936 has allowed me to witness both societal progress and retrogression.
A federal court finds SB 14 has a 'retrogressive effect' on minority voting.
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In science:

When some users are idle, the protocol retrogresses simple ones such as ”TDMA”/”FDMA”.
On the Information of the Second Moments Between Random Variables Using Mutually Unbiased Bases
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