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be descended from (someone or something)

To be related a particular ancestor or bloodline. Is it true? Is she really descended from Benjamin Franklin?
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descend from (someone or something)

1. Literally, to move from a higher point to a lower one. The bride looked simply gorgeous as she descended from the balcony in her flowing gown.
2. To originate from a particular ancestor or source. I was shocked to learn that I descended from key figures in the American Revolution.
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descend into (something)

To move down into something. The fireman descended into the sewers to save the kitten.
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descend on (something)

1. Literally, to drop onto someone or something. No one was too pleased when rain began to descend on our picnic.
2. By extension, to converge at a particular place or thing, often in great numbers. The kids descended on the birthday cake as soon as I set it down. People have descended on our town to attend that big software conference.
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descend to (something)

1. Literally, to move from a higher point to a lower one. If our plane is descending to the runway already, we might make our connecting flight after all.
2. To condescend to do something. Now that Billy's famous, I doubt he'll descend to call his own mother.
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the red mist descends

To fall into a state of extreme anger, excitement, or competitive arousal, such as might cloud one's judgment or senses. Primarily heard in UK. Their striker isn't the most consistent player on the pitch, but once the red mist descends, you had better get out of his way. I'm not sure what happened. I was at the pub having a pint, and then someone insulted me, and I guess the red mist must have descended, because, the next thing I knew, I was being dragged away with bloodied knuckles.
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descend from someone

or some group [for a living creature] to come from a particular set of ancestors. I descend from a large family of Dutch traders. Wally is descended from Daniel Boone.
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descend from something

to move down from something. The bird descended from the top of the tree to a lower branch. Take care when you descend from the ladder.
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descend into something

to go down into something. The butler descended into the cellar for another bottle of wine. Fred descended into the canyon on an organized tour.
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descend to something

1. . Lit. to go down to something. I must descend to the lower level to greet the guests. Gerald descended to the front door to see who was there.
2. Fig. to condescend to do something; to stoop to doing something; to lower oneself to do something bad. I refuse to descend to the performance of such menial duties. I will not descend to a life of crime.
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descend (up)on someone or something

1. . Lit. [for something] to come down or fall upon someone or something. Flakes of fluffy snow descended upon the gentle slopes.
2. . Fig. [for people] to arrive or come to someone or something in great numbers. The petitioners descended upon the mayor's office in droves.
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be descended from

To be related to (an ancestor) by genetic descent from an individual or individuals in a previous generation: She claims to be descended from European royalty.
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(40.) Most arguments in favor of the survivability of publicity rights have centered on their formal classification as "property rights," which are generally understood as descendible. See generally Joshua C.
(43.) See Madow, supra note 41; Tate, supra note 40, at 23 ("[E]ven if the prospect of inter vivos publicity rights encouraged celebrities (or would-be celebrities) to work harder, it does not follow that making those rights devisable or descendible would have substantially increased that incentive.").
descendible property, then the income tax consequences would be
the characterization of human gametes as descendible and taxable.
He was uneasy because a fight of publicity had no obvious center; its underlying rationales seemed dubious, and its scope was not constrained by the types of boundaries that legitimize copyright.(107) He thought the notion of a descendible fight of publicity particularly odd.
possessing the crown as a patrimony descendible to his heirs
(16) In its various forms, the right of publicity has materialized into a virtually unlimited, descendible, and assignable property right.
(188.) See Amici Brief, supra note 3, at 24-25 ("Executive privilege is neither descendible nor transferrable [sic] and thus cannot be delegated to heirs and designated representatives, as the Bush Order contemplates.").
(118.) The Federalist Papers took great care to distinguish the President from "a king of Great Britain, who is an hereditary monarch, possessing the crown as a patrimony descendible to his heirs forever," and to emphasize the President's limited powers and subjection to ordinary law.
patrimony descendible to his heirs for ever." (228) Article II,