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Definition moving backward — often to a less desirable condition
  • To his brother Jack he would write, "I am wearied almost to death with the retrograde motions of things."
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • He had retrograded to a shamefaced contentment.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • He's talking about retrograde motions and elliptical orbits or something.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Mercury in retrograde and the moon was high!
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Motionless, the tall buzzards hang in soaring circles, the clouds giving them an illusion of retrograde.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • A retrograde woman, and nothing else!
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • When he was retrograde, I think, rather.
    William Shakespeare  --  All's Well That Ends Well
  • 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
  • —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
  • Retrograde?
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • "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

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