Retrograde Definition

rĕtrə-grād
retrograded, retrogrades, retrograding
adjective
Moving or directed backward; retiring or retreating.
Webster's New World
Opposite to the usual order; inverted or reversed.
The retrograde form of the melody.
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Inverse or reverse.
Webster's New World
Reverting to an earlier or inferior condition.
A retrograde way of thinking.
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Going back or tending to go back to an earlier, esp. worse, condition; retrogressive.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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verb
retrograded, retrogrades, retrograding
To have a retrograde motion.
Webster's New World
To go, or seem to go, backward.
Webster's New World
To become worse; decline; deteriorate; degenerate.
Webster's New World
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.
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(intransitive, astronomy) To show retrogradation.

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noun

A degenerate person.

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(music) The reversal of a melody so that what is played first in the original melody is played last and what is played last in the original melody is played first.

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Other Word Forms of Retrograde

Noun

Singular:
retrograde
Plural:
retrogrades

Origin of Retrograde

  • Middle English from Latin retrōgradus from retrōgradī to go back retrō- retro- -gradus walking (from gradī to go ghredh- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin retrōgradior or Late Latin retrogredere (retro- (“back") + gradi (“walk")).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English < Latin retrogradus.

    From Wiktionary

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