Even before she could descend to tell her story, rumors were spreading to discredit her.
Both sides behaved themselves almost as grownups, when it would have been easier to descend into a school yard rumpus.
His partner of 14 years had just died, and he was beginning to descend into alcohol and drug abuse.
c.1300, from Old French descendre (10c.) "descend, dismount; fall into; originate in," from Latin descendere "come down, descend, sink," from de- "down" (see de-) + scandere "to climb," from PIE root *skand- "jump" (see scan (v.)). Sense of "originate" is late 14c. in English. Related: Descended; descending.