As an American of Italian descent, our traditions are very strong regarding love of family, hard work, and loyalty.
His sadness over her descent into shooting up after managing to stay clean for a period is palpable.
I had to time my vertical motion of the camera to his descent.
c.1300, from Old French descente "descent, descendance, lineage," formed from descendre (see descend) on analogy of French nouns such as attente from attendre "to expect," vente "sale" from vendre "to sell," pente "slope" from pendre "to hang" (the etymological English word from Latin would be *descence).
Figurative use is from late 14c. Meaning "action of descending," also "a downward slope" is from 1590s. Meaning "act of descending from an ancestor" is from mid-14c. Evolutionary sense is from 1859 in Darwin, though there are uses which suggest essentially the same thing going back to 1630s.
descent de·scent (dĭ-sěnt')
The process of descending or falling down from a higher position.
The passage of the presenting part of the fetus into and through the birth canal.