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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class II. Words Relating to Space
Section IV. Motion
4. Motion with Reference to Direction

283. [Motion Backwards.] Regression.

   NOUN:REGRESSION, regress, retrocession, retrogression, retrogradation, retroaction; reculade [F.], retreat, withdrawal, retirement, remigration; recession &c. (motion from) [See Recession]; recess [obs.]; crab-like motion.
  REFLUX, refluence, backwater, regurgitation, ebb, return; resilience, resiliency; reflexion (recoil) [See Recoil]; volte-face [F.].
  COUNTERMOTION, countermovement, countermarch; veering, tergiversation, recidivation [obs. exc. in criminology], backsliding, fall; deterioration [See Deterioration]; recidivism or recidivity, relapse.
  turning point (reversion) [See Reversion]; climax.
   VERB:RECEDE, regrade, return, revert, retreat, remigrate, retire; retrograde, retrocede; back, back out [colloq.], back down [colloq.], balk; crawfish [slang, U. S.], crawl [slang]; withdraw; rebound [See Recoil]; go -, come -, turn -, hark -, draw -, fall -, break -, get -, put -, run- back; lose ground; fall astern, drop astern; backwater, put about [naut.], take the back track; veer, veer round; double, wheel, countermarch; ebb, regurgitate; jib, shrink, shy.
  turn tail, turn round, turn upon one’s heel, turn one’s back upon; retrace one’s steps, dance the back step; sound -, beat- a retreat; go home.
   ADJECTIVE:RECEDING &c. v.; retrograde, retrogressive; regressive, refluent, reflex, recidivous, resilient; crab-like; contraclockwise, counterclockwise; balky; reactionary [See Recoil].
   ADVERB:BACK, backwards; reflexively, to the right-about; à reculons [F.], à rebours [F.].
   QUOTATION:Revenons à nos moutons, as you were.