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[des-wi-tood, -tyood] /ˈdɛs wɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
the state of being no longer used or practiced.
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin dēsuētūdo, equivalent to dēsuē-, base of dēsuēscere to become disaccustomed to, unlearn (dē- de- + suēscere to become accustomed to) + -tūdō -tude Unabridged
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Examples for desuetude
  • After an existence of nearly twenty years of almost innocuous desuetude these laws are brought forth.
  • Not only is the language actually growing, but old words take on new senses, while others drift into desuetude.
  • For her, ripping off a hated agency could serve the ultimate cause of driving it into disrepute or desuetude.
  • In the churches, of course, the proper observances of the day will not be permitted to lapse into desuetude.
British Dictionary definitions for desuetude


/dɪˈsjuːɪˌtjuːd; ˈdɛswɪtjuːd/
(formal) the condition of not being in use or practice; disuse those ceremonies had fallen into desuetude
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēsuētūdō, from dēsuescere to lay aside a habit, from de- + suescere to grow accustomed
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Word Origin and History for desuetude
1623, from M.Fr. desuetude, from L. desuetudo (gen. desuetudinis) "disuse," from desuetus, pp. of desuescere "become unaccustomed to," from de- "away, from" + suescere "become used to" (see mansuetude).
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