• IPA: /ˈɹɛtɹəˌɡɹeɪd/


  1. Directed backwards, retreating; reverting, especially to an inferior state, declining; inverse, reverse; movement opposite to normal or intended motion, often circular motion.
    retrograde ideas, morals, etc.
  2. Counterproductive to a desired outcome.
    • 1601 - William Shakespeare, Hamlet Act I Scene ii.
      In going back to school in Wittenberg, / It is most retrograde to our desire:/ And we beseech you, bend you to remain
  3. (astronomy, of a body orbiting another) In the opposite direction to the orbited body's spin.
  4. (geology) Describing a metamorphic change resulting from a decreasing pressure or temperature.
  5. (by extension, of a person) A person who opposes social reforms, favoring the maintenance of the status quo, conservative.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations Translations Noun

retrograde (plural retrogrades)

  1. A degenerate person.
  2. (music) The reversal of a melody so that what is played first in the original melody is played last and what is played last in the original melody is played first.
Translations Verb

retrograde (retrogrades, present participle retrograding; past and past participle retrograded)

  1. (intransitive) To move#Verb|move backwards; to recede; to retire; to decline#Verb|decline; to revert.
  2. (intransitive, astronomy) To show retrogradation.
Antonyms Translations
  • Italian: retrogradare

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