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desuetude Line breaks: de¦sue|tude
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛswɪtjuːd/

Definition of desuetude in English:


[mass noun] formal
A state of disuse: the docks fell into desuetude
More example sentences
  • While a small trade-off may take place for a new subway entrance or refurbished park, Governor's Island, an enormous opportunity, has languished in picturesque desuetude since its transfer from the federal government in 2003.
  • Shrines fallen into desuetude were primed with sequestered objects and reprimed with new castings.
  • He shakes his head at the thought of these bygone decencies now fallen into desuetude.


Early 17th century (in the sense 'cessation'): from French, from Latin desuetudo, from desuet- 'made unaccustomed', from the verb desuescere, from de- (expressing reversal) + suescere 'be accustomed'.

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