noun[mass noun] formal
- 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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