Descent, Decent, and Dissent
Descent, Decent, and DissentWhat are the differences between "descent," "decent," and "dissent"?
- "Descent" means going downwards, a downward slope, or ancestry.
- "Decent" means civilized, good, or adequate.
- "Dissent" means to argue or a difference of opinion.
More about "Descent," "Decent," and "Dissent"There is often confusion over the words "descent," "decent," and "dissent." They sound similar, but their meanings are quite different.
DescentThe noun "descent" has three main meanings:
(1) The action of descending (i.e., going downwards).
- The Boeing 737 started its descent from 20,000 feet.
- It features a long, steep descent that is ideal for advanced skiers.
- She is from Indian descent.
DecentThe adjective "decent" means civilized, good, or adequate. (It rhymes with "recent.")
Example sentences with "decent":
- Ninety-eight percent of the adults here are decent, hard-working citizens.
- That's a decent plate of food.
Dissent"Dissent" can be a noun meaning "difference of opinion" or a verb meaning "to disagree."
Example sentences with "dissent":
- The referee has given him a red card for dissent.
- Acceptance of dissent is the fundamental requirement of a free society.
- I will dissent if you continue with this course of action. (Dissent is a verb in this example.)