- The definition of retrograde is something that is a move backwards or a decline in condition or quality.
When a new technology comes out that is actually a step backward and worse than the technology before it, this is an example of something that would be described as retrograde.
- Retrograde is to move backwards, or to decline to a prior worse condition.
If you had begun to feel better but then your condition worsens to where it was a few weeks ago, this is an example of when it retrogrades.
- moving or directed backward; retiring or retreating
- inverse or reverse: said of order
- going back or tending to go back to an earlier, esp. worse, condition; retrogressive
- Obs. opposed; contrary
- Astron. moving in an orbit opposite to the usual orbital direction of similar celestial bodies, as opposite to the direction of the earth in its journey around the sun
- Astrol. designating motion, real or apparent, on the celestial sphere in a direction from east to west
- Music designating motion backward in a melody, specif. so as to begin with the last note and end with the first
Origin of retrogradeMiddle English from Classical Latin retrogradus from retrogradi, to go backward: see retro- and grade
intransitive verb-·grad·ed, -·grad·ing
- Archaic to go, or seem to go, backward
- to become worse; decline; deteriorate; degenerate
- Astron. to have a retrograde motion
Origin of retrogradeL retrogradi
- Moving or tending backward: a retrograde flow.
- Opposite to the usual order; inverted or reversed: the retrograde form of the melody.
- Reverting to an earlier or inferior condition: a retrograde way of thinking.
- Astronomy a. Of or relating to the orbital revolution or axial rotation of a planetary or other celestial body that moves clockwise from east to west, in the direction opposite to most celestial bodies.b. Of or relating to the brief, regularly occurring, apparently backward movement of a planetary body in its orbit as viewed against the fixed stars, caused by the differing orbital velocities of Earth and the body observed.c. Of or relating to orbital motion in the direction opposite that of the predominant motion in an orbital system.
intransitive verbret·ro·grad·ed, ret·ro·grad·ing, ret·ro·grades
- Astronomy To have retrograde motion.
- To decline to an inferior state; degenerate.
- Archaic To move or seem to move backward.
Origin of retrogradeMiddle English from Latin retrōgradus from retrōgradī to go back retrō- retro- -gradus walking ( from gradī to go ; see ghredh- in Indo-European roots.)
(comparative more retrograde, superlative most retrograde)
- Directed backwards, retreating; reverting especially inferior state, declining; inverse, reverse; movement opposite to normal or intended motion, often circular motion.
- retrograde ideas, morals, etc.
- Counterproductive to a desired outcome.
- (astronomy, of a body orbiting another) In the opposite direction to the orbited body's spin.
From Middle English < Latin retrogradus.
(third-person singular simple present retrogrades, present participle retrograding, simple past and past participle retrograded)
From Latin retrÅgradior or Late Latin retrogredere (retro- (“back") + gradi (“walk")).