declension (n.)
decline, deterioration, downward course
2H4 II.ii.168[Prince Henry to Poins] From a god to a bull? A heavy declension >> descension (n.)
Ham II.ii.149[Polonius to Claudius and Gertrude, of Hamlet] Fell ... by this declension, / Into the madness
R3 III.vii.188[Buckingham to Richard, of Queen Elizabeth and King Edward] [a] widow ... / Seduced the pitch and height of his degree / To base declension
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