Definition of in eclipse in US English:

in eclipse

phrase

  • 1Losing or having lost significance, power, or prominence.

    ‘his political power was in eclipse’
    • ‘After 1945 European power was increasingly in eclipse, although this was not always apparent to those who held power or to their supporters.’
    • ‘Although in eclipse during the 1920s, it re-emerged in the years of the Great Depression, with policies to end unemployment and stimulate industry.’
    • ‘But at the moment, it does appear incontrovertible that they are in eclipse, virtually forgotten.’
    • ‘Historical novels were in eclipse, but Hornblower's loyal public was a target worth aiming at.’
    • ‘Afghanistan has been in atrophy for a generation, with institutions in decay, educations in eclipse, the entire society tossing and turning in a benumbing nightmare.’
    • ‘Both drew on market forces energized in the process of liberalization, on the support of middle classes asserting their newly legitimated right to consume and of business groups seeking a successor to a developmentalist regime in eclipse.’
    • ‘In today's political climate, with this ideal in eclipse, the Civil Rights Act of 1968 may appear to represent the use of governmental power to dictate individuals' decisions about their own private property.’
    • ‘Wilson's book about the Enlightenment assault on belief appears at a time when, in the world of academic theology, the Enlightenment is in eclipse.’
    • ‘That idea has long been in eclipse, and today it lies outside the mainstream of political opinion.’
    • ‘At the end of WWI, with the Ottoman Empire in eclipse, they had the chance to expand influence in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Palestine etc and control both the geopolitics and the economy.’
  • 2Ornithology
    (especially of a male duck) in its eclipse plumage.

    • ‘Some species, like the ruddy, remain in eclipse until the next breeding season.’