retrograde

Retrograde describes moving in a backwards or reverse direction. If you're suddenly told that you can no longer vote because you're a woman, that's a retrograde affront to your civil rights. Start protesting!

This word comes from the Latin retrogradus, meaning "going backward." You might hear retrograde used in astronomy to describe the movements of the planets. If a planet like Mercury is in retrograde, that means it appears to be moving backwards. Retrograde can also describe something that's going from better to worse. The farm's retrograde practice of spraying their crops with harsher and harsher pesticides is causing our health to suffer.

DEFINITIONS OF: retrograde

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adj moving or directed or tending in a backward direction or contrary to a previous direction

Synonyms:
retral
backward
directed or facing toward the back or rear

adj moving from east to west on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in a direction opposite to that of the Earth

Antonyms:
direct
moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth

adj going from better to worse

Synonyms:
retrogressive
regressive
opposing progress; returning to a former less advanced state

adj of amnesia; affecting time immediately preceding trauma

Antonyms:
anterograde
of amnesia; affecting time immediately following trauma

v move back

“The glacier retrogrades
Synonyms:
retreat
Type of:
draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, retreat, withdraw
pull back or move away or backward

v move in a direction contrary to the usual one

“retrograding planets”
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v move backward in an orbit, of celestial bodies

Type of:
orb, orbit, revolve
move in an orbit

v get worse or fall back to a previous condition

Synonyms:
regress, retrogress
Antonyms:
advance, come along, come on, get along, get on, progress, shape up
develop in a positive way
Types:
drop off, fall back, fall behind, lose, recede
retreat
Type of:
decline, worsen
grow worse

v go back over

retrograde arguments”
Synonyms:
hash over, rehash
Type of:
recap, recapitulate
summarize briefly
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