Part of speech: noun

Deterioration; decline; decay. decadency.

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Usage examples "decadence":

  1. And so, from a physical point of view, we find that if a man has any peculiar power, it first gradually increases in strength until it reaches its acme, after which it enters upon a path of slow decadence, until it ends in imbecility. - "Counsels and Maxims From The Essays Of Arthur Schopenhauer", Arthur Schopenhauer.
  2. The race seems to have been brought up beneath it and I take it for a sign of decadence in the New England character that we no longer plant orchards. - "Old Plymouth Trails", Winthrop Packard.
  3. That the objection is conceivable is precisely the measure of our decadence. - "Aspects of Literature", J. Middleton Murry.