Borrowed from Old French descension, from Latin descensio, descensionem.
descension (countable and uncountable, plural descensions)
- (now rare) Descent; the act of descending. [from 15th c.]
Death is followed by either ascension into a higher plane or descension into a lower plane.
- 1597, William Shakespeare, Henry IV part I, II.5:
- From a God to a Bull? a heavy descension. It was Jove's case.
- (astronomy, obsolete) The descent below the horizon of a celestial body. [16th-19th c.]
- 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, VI.3:
- For in regard of time (as we elsewhere declare) the stars do vary their longitudes, and consequently the times of their ascension and descension.