Ancestry and Descent


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Ancestry noun – The line of ancestors from whom a person is descended.
Usage example: a Cambodian immigrant who can trace her Khmer ancestry as far back as the 16th century

Descent is a synonym for ancestry in origin topic. In some cases you can use "Descent" instead a noun "Ancestry", when it comes to topics like lineage, people, kin, stock. popular alternative
Nearby Words: ancestor, ancestral, ancestress
Synonyms for Ancestry


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Descent noun – The line of ancestors from whom a person is descended.
Usage example: a person of Finnish descent

Ancestry is a synonym for descent in origin topic. You can use "Ancestry" instead a noun "Descent", if it concerns topics such as people, kin, stock, breed. popular alternative
Nearby Words: descend, descendant, descending, descender
Synonyms for Descent

How words are described

native native ancestry native descent
black black ancestry black descent
partial partial ancestry partial descent
white white ancestry white descent
Other adjectives: mixed, royal, Indian, greek, Dutch, European, Hispanic, Scottish, Scandinavian, Lebanese.

Both words in one sentence

  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place But it's not a Death World, and a lot of people of Arabic descent in South-East Asia can trace their ancestry there.
  • Literature / The Tales of Alvin Maker It has more to do with upbringing than ancestry, so people of Native American descent who live in the United States use magic the way white men do.
  • Latino Is Brown If ancestry comes up in a plot or as just part of the flavor of a multicultural story, people of Hispanic descent will be viewed both in-universe and out through a lens of exoticism (usually Foreign Culture Fetish) no matter how light-skinned they are.
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