desuetude desuetude

Definition(s):

  • (n) a state of inactivity or disuse

Usage(s):

  1. The advance of the orchestra relegated the choir to revered desuetude, but the insatiable interest of the present Century has rediscovered and reawakened it.
  2. When it fell into desuetude they mourned, wished they could do something about it.
  3. The best of times arrived in 1935, when the late Ronald Colman came through with a portrayal of the novel's hero that had dash and dignity as well as the usual desuetude.

News

  • Preserving Lake Access Proves Costly

    As summertime visitation increases on Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, the rising cost of maintaining public access to the waterway is prompting concern among land managers who say the popular sites may fall into a state of desuetude. With just five remaining state parks ringing Flathead Lake – the largest of which, Big Arm State Park, is slated for ...
    on July 24, 2013     Source: Flathead Beacon

Quotes

  1. "We opened Desuetude up at $3.80 on the strength of its three wins from as many starts but there is little support for him and he is out to $4.20," TAB Sportsbet's Glenn Munsie said on Thursday afternoon.
    on Aug 28, 2008 By: Glenn Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. "She impressed me from day one and that win had a lot of merit," Waterhouse said. "She showed toughness and plenty of ability and is a really special filly who I have no doubt can turn the tables on Desuetude. Her build-up to the race is...
    on Aug 28, 2008 By: Gai Waterhouse Source: Racing and Sports Pty Ltd

  3. "I have lived to see state after state extirpate its wolves," Leopold wrote 55 years ago. "I have seen every edible bush and seedling browsed, first to anemic desuetude, and then to death."
    on Dec 8, 2004 By: Aldo Leopold Source: AScribe (press release)

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