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.
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.
A retrograde flow.
The retrograde form of the melody.
A retrograde way of thinking.
Retrograde ideas, morals, etc.
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 retrÅgradior or Late Latin retrogredere (retro- (“back") + gradi (“walk")).
- From Middle English < Latin retrogradus.