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"You done knocked up mah precious baby again!" he boohooed in female plaint, his voice a heavenly facsimile—down to the perfect shading of falsetto—of that of some weak-witted and godforsaken wife and victim, blighted by wedlock, history and retrograde genes.
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  moving backward — often to a less desirable condition
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  • "You done knocked up mah precious baby again!" he boohooed in female plaint, his voice a heavenly facsimile—down to the perfect shading of falsetto—of that of some weak-witted and godforsaken wife and victim, blighted by wedlock, history and retrograde genes.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Mercury in retrograde and the moon was high!
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He’s talking about retrograde motions and elliptical orbits or something.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I fell asleep on the sofa, however, wondering over and over again how Lucy had made such a retrograde movement, and how she could have been drained of so much blood with no sign any where to show for it.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula

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  • Motionless, the tall buzzards hang in soaring circles, the clouds giving them an illusion of retrograde.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • The living soul demands life, the soul won’t obey the rules of mechanics, the soul is an object of suspicion, the soul is retrograde!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • For your intent In going back to school in Wittenberg, It is most retrograde to our desire: And we beseech you bend you to remain Here in the cheer and comfort of our eye, Our chiefest courtier, cousin, and our son.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Then the cardinal, whatever he said, very well knew that the horror of bloodshed in this encounter, in which Frenchman would combat against Frenchman, was a retrograde movement of sixty years impressed upon his policy; and the cardinal was at that period what we now call a man of progress.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • A retrograde woman, and nothing else!
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • As the scudding day passed overhead the dingy windows glowed and faded in ghostly retrograde.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury

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  • Their wandering course now high, now low, then hid, Progressive, retrograde, or standing still, In six thou seest; and what if seventh to these The planet earth, so stedfast though she seem, Insensibly three different motions move?
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • There exist crab-like souls which are continually retreating towards the darkness, retrograding in life rather than advancing, employing experience to augment their deformity, growing incessantly worse, and becoming more and more impregnated with an ever-augmenting blackness.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • —The Jew Our history must needs retrograde for the space of a few pages, to inform the reader of certain passages material to his understanding the rest of this important narrative.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • The faculty of re-solution is possibly much invigorated by mathematical study, and especially by that highest branch of it which, unjustly, and merely on account of its retrograde operations, has been called, as if par excellence, analysis.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • He had retrograded to a shamefaced contentment.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Spedling’s brief notes hypothesized that the humans were survivors of a missing seedship colony from three centuries earlier and clearly described a group suffering all of the classic retrograde cultural effects of extreme isolation, inhreeding, and overadaptation.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • He was the light-blinded bat-like image of his own torment cast by the fierce demoniac lantern up from beneath the earth’s crust and hence in retrograde, reverse; from abysmal and chaotic dark to eternal and abysmal dark completing his descending (do you mark the gradation) ellipsis, clinging, trying to cling with vain unsubstantial hands to what be hoped would hold him, save him, arrest him—Ellen (do you mark them), myself, then last of all that fatherless daughter of Wash Jones’ only…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • When he was retrograde, I think, rather.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • And Dale, like some men of lonely wilderness lives who did not retrograde toward the savage, was a thinker.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • To his brother Jack he would write, "I am wearied almost to death with the retrograde motions of things."
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • As slavery recedes, the black population follows its retrograde course, and returns with it towards those tropical regions from which it originally came.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • They are the lowest of the low, the whisky-besotted dregs of humanity, who deserve to bear not even the name of men, so far have they retrograded backwards.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • He is to resist the vulgar prosperity that retrogrades ever to barbarism, by preserving and communicating heroic sentiments, noble biographies, melodious verse, and the conclusions of history.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • In the present instance it was retrograde, and in less than a minute after the bellowing report of the swivel among the rocks and caverns, the whole weight of the attack from the left rested on the prowess of the single arm of the veteran.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • The homage due to saints and angels became an almost idolatrous worship amongst the majority of the Christian world; and apprehensions might be entertained for a moment lest the religion of Christ should retrograde towards the superstitions which it had subdued.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • The Doctor bestowed a gracious but commiserating smile on the philosopher of nature, as he retrograded a step or two from the place whither he had been impelled by his excess of spirit, in order to reply with less expenditure of breath, and with a greater freedom of air and attitude.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Kells knew that a man and yet another might show kindness and faithfulness one moment, but the very next, out of a manhood retrograded to the savage, out of the circumstance or chance, might respond to a primitive force far sundered from thought or reason, and rise to unbridled action.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • Retrograde?
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Without extinction is Liberty, without retrograde is Equality, They live in the feelings of young men and the best women, (Not for nothing have the indomitable heads of the earth been always ready to fall for Liberty.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • But most of the rotational velocity was expended by material which is now in retrograde solar orbit.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Consulting the stars, waiting to make the big bets when Mercury was in retrograde, reaching for a knowledge just beyond the known.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Suddenly nothing was visible on the crest of the plateau except the artillery and the sharpshooters; the rest had disappeared: the regiments, dislodged by the shells and the French bullets, retreated into the bottom, now intersected by the back road of the farm of Mont-Saint-Jean; a retrograde movement took place, the English front hid itself, Wellington drew back.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I paused, gazing out at the faceless shadow figures on the station platform, which moved away in soundless retrograde as the train pulled out now, gently vibrating.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • High against it they hand in narrowing circles, like the smoke, with an outward semblance of from and purpose, but with no inference of motion, progress or retrograde, We mount the wagon again where Cash lies on the box, the Jagged shards of cement cracked about his leg.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • It was worse than the time of the medieval crimes of religion; it made war seem a brave and honorable thing; it robbed manhood of that splendid and noble trait, always seen in shipwrecked men or those hopelessly lost in the barren north, the divine will not to retrograde to the savage.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • retrograding planets
  • The glacier retrogrades
  • retrograde arguments
  • But, contrary to my expectations, the Nautilus took a decided retrograde motion.
    Verne, Jules  --  20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
  • When he was retrograde, I think, rather.
    Shakespeare, William  --  All’s Well that End’s Well
  • The eight oars stopped, and resisting the water, created a retrograde motion.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Man in the Iron Mask
  • All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.
    Edward Gibbon
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Associated words [difficulty]:   retrograde [7] , retrospect [2] , retroactive [7] , retrogression [8] , retrospective [8] , retrospective [8]
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