Definition of devolution:
declination, degeneracy, Balkanisation, deterioration, descent, downgrade, decadency, eclipse, fall, census, containment, retrogression, dégringolade, boondoggle, degeneration, downfall, constitutionality, degradation, devolvement, Balkanization, checks and balances, constitution, constructive engagement, amnesty, decadence, ebb, declension.
- "The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II", R. V. Russell.
- "The Framework of Home Rule", Erskine Childers.
So evolution proceeded, but for the Irish peasantry it was devolution, for every step was a step downward; and millions of them left the land in despair, and millions of those that remained were unable to make enough to live on; and the workhouses kept getting bigger and bigger, and the people poorer and poorer; until finally, a few English statesmen, with a somewhat broader outlook than the average, saw that something had to be done, and set about doing it.- "The Charm of Ireland", Burton Egbert Stevenson.