Definitions

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  • n. A rapid decline or deterioration; a tumble.

Etymologies

From French dégringolade, from dégringoler ("to tumble down"), from Middle French desgringueler (comprising des- ("from") + gringueler ("to tumble")), from Middle Dutch crinkelen ("to make curl"), crinc or cring ("ring, circle") (related to English crinkle and crank). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Godwin especially was a running sore both now and later on; the philosopher was at the beginning of that shabby 'degringolade' which was to end in the ruin of his self-respect.

    Shelley

  • No doubt there are some nits to pick with the seeming inevitability of their theme, given the degringolade in 2006, but look how much the 1946 election changed the large-scale momentum of American politics.

    Kenneth Hite's Journal

  • We're all going to wear our Serious Face today, and discuss the degringolade that was the GURPS Infinite Worlds writing process, and I use the term "process" solely for the hollow laughter it will invoke in hackard.

    Kenneth Hite's Journal

  • At Rome, in the keenest time of her degringolade, when there was gambling even in the holy temples, great ladies (does not Lucian tell us?) did not scruple to squander all they had upon unguents from

    The Works of Max Beerbohm

  • As she sat in the box looking on at this gross impertinence, she seemed to herself to be watching herself after a long/degringolade/, which had brought her, not to the gutter, but to the smart restaurant, the smart music-hall, the smart night club; the smart everything else that is beyond the borderland of even a lax society.

    The Woman with the Fan

  • The stock market goes up, or goes down, but the economic degringolade continues.

    Jihad Monitor

  • First, in 10 years, in the US and the UK, almost all the dwellings caught up in the sub-prime mortgage degringolade will be worth more in real terms than they are now.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • The Tories ought to provide both an historical account of the degringolade and a sketch of the escape route.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • The policy degringolade -- how many more tens or hundreds of billions to be squandered by the American government in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan?

    Jihad Watch

  • The elements in Irish society who contributed most to that degringolade were bankers, property developers and

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  • A rapid decline, deterioration, or collapse (of a situation).

    December 16, 2007