WRONG:

DECENT/DESCENT/DISSENT



“Decent” (rhymes with “recent”) is used to label actions, things, or people that are respectable, appropriate, satisfactory, or kind.


The word to use when discussing ancestry is “descent” (rhymes with “we sent”). Somebody whose ancestors came from Brazil is of Brazilian descent.


Occasionally this latter word is confused with “dissent,” which means “disagreement.”


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