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An example use of descent in a speech by a native speaker of british english:
“… pagan people of Nordic descent who ruled …”
Descent means the act of going down or coming down.
the word descent occurs in english on average 10.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.