decadent

Part of speech: adjective

Falling into ruin; decaying; declining.

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Usage examples "decadent":

  1. In Prussia the old Feudal caste remains- in a decadent state, certainly, but perhaps for that very reason more arrogant, more vulgar, and less conscious of any noblesse oblige than even before. - "The Healing of Nations and the Hidden Sources of Their Strife", Edward Carpenter.
  2. Make it impossible for the criminal and diseased, the vicious and the decadent, to come to us; bar out those who seek our country merely because they cannot subsist in their own, and you will find that the remainder of our immigrants are valuable additions to our populations. - "The Young Man and the World", Albert J. Beveridge.
  3. He was wrong in his confidence that France was decadent, wrong in believing that England and the United States would only talk but would not fight, yet right in his belief that revolution would break out in Russia. - "Face to Face with Kaiserism", James W. Gerard.