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Heritage vs. Descent — What's the Difference?

Heritage vs. Descent — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Heritage and Descent

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Heritage

Property that is or may be inherited; an inheritance
They had stolen his grandfather's heritage

Descent

An act of moving downwards, dropping, or falling
The plane had gone into a steep descent

Heritage

A special or individual possession; an allotted portion
God's love remains your heritage

Descent

The origin or background of a person in terms of family or nationality
The settlers were of Cornish descent

Heritage

Christians, or the ancient Israelites, seen as God's chosen people.
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Descent

A sudden violent attack
A descent on the Channel ports

Heritage

Property that is or can be inherited; an inheritance.

Descent

The act or an instance of descending
The slow descent of the scuba divers.

Heritage

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

Descent

A way down
Fashioned a descent with an ice axe.

Heritage

The status acquired by a person through birth; a birthright
A heritage of affluence and social position.

Descent

A downward incline or passage; a slope
Watched the stones roll down the descent.

Heritage

A domesticated animal or a crop of a traditional breed, usually not widely produced for commercial purposes.

Descent

Hereditary derivation; lineage
A person of African descent.

Heritage

An inheritance; property that may be inherited.

Descent

The fact or process of being derived or developing from a source
A paper tracing the descent of the novel from old picaresque tales.

Heritage

A tradition; a practice or set of values that is passed down from preceding generations through families or through institutional memory.

Descent

(Law) Transmission of property, especially real estate, to a hereditary heir by an intestate owner.

Heritage

A birthright; the status acquired by birth, especially of but not exclusive to the firstborn.

Descent

A lowering or decline, as in status or level
Her career went into a rapid descent after the charges of misconduct.

Heritage

(attributive) Having a certain background, such as growing up with a second language.
A heritage speaker; a heritage language
The university requires heritage Spanish students to enroll in a specially designed Spanish program not available to non-heritage students.

Descent

A sudden visit or attack; an onslaught
The descent of the marauders on the settlement.

Heritage

That which is inherited, or passes from heir to heir; inheritance.
Part of my heritage,Which my dead father did bequeath to me.

Descent

An instance of descending; act of coming down.
We climbed the mountain with difficulty, but the descent was easier.

Heritage

A possession; the Israelites, as God's chosen people; also, a flock under pastoral charge.

Descent

A way down.
We had difficulty in finding the correct descent.

Heritage

Practices that are handed down from the past by tradition;
A heritage of freedom

Descent

A sloping passage or incline.
The descent into the cavern was wet and slippery.

Heritage

Any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors;
My only inheritance was my mother's blessing
The world's heritage of knowledge

Descent

Lineage or hereditary derivation.
Our guide was of Welsh descent.

Heritage

That which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner

Descent

A drop to a lower status or condition; decline. en
After that, the holiday went into a steep descent.

Heritage

Hereditary succession to a title or an office or property

Descent

A falling upon or invasion.

Descent

(topology) A particular extension of the idea of gluing. See Descent (mathematics).

Descent

The act of descending, or passing downward; change of place from higher to lower.

Descent

Incursion; sudden attack; especially, hostile invasion from sea; - often followed by upon or on; as, to make a descent upon the enemy.
The United Provinces . . . ordered public prayer to God, when they feared that the French and English fleets would make a descent upon their coasts.

Descent

Derivation, as from an ancestor; procedure by generation; lineage; birth; extraction.

Descent

Progress downward, as in station, virtue, as in station, virtue, and the like, from a higher to a lower state, from a higher to a lower state, from the more to the less important, from the better to the worse, etc.

Descent

Transmission of an estate by inheritance, usually, but not necessarily, in the descending line; title to inherit an estate by reason of consanguinity.

Descent

Inclination downward; a descending way; inclined or sloping surface; declivity; slope; as, a steep descent.

Descent

That which is descended; descendants; issue.
If care of our descent perplex us most,Which must be born to certain woe.

Descent

A step or remove downward in any scale of gradation; a degree in the scale of genealogy; a generation.
No man living is a thousand descents removed from Adam himself.

Descent

Lowest place; extreme downward place.
And from the extremest upward of thy head,To the descent and dust below thy foot.

Descent

A movement downward

Descent

Properties attributable to your ancestry;
He comes from good origins

Descent

The act of changing your location in a downward direction

Descent

The kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors

Descent

A downward slope or bend

Descent

The descendants of one individual;
His entire lineage has been warriors

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