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descend
used in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
Definition
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
  • Then quiet descended.
    p. 126.4
descended = arrived
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  • He gave the guard one of his pinch-backed laughs, and descended, by joints, from the car.
    p. 241.9
  • But Reverend Thomas didn't intend to wait for that eventuality, so as Sister Monroe approached the pulpit from the right he started descending from the left.
    p. 43.1
  • I didn't see Bailey descend to the floor, but I rolled over once and he was kicking and screaming too.
    p. 44.5
  • I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.
    p. 121.0
  • The fear that rats might scurry in and eat off my nose as I slept (some cases had been recently reported in the papers) was more alarming than the shadowed hulks in the junkyard or the quickly descending night.
    p. 252.0
  • The bright hours when the young rebelled against the descending sun had to give way to twenty-four-hour periods called "days" that were named as well as numbered.
    p. 272.4

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