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The word decadence refers to a decline in a society's standards or morals, especially when the pursuit of pleasure replaces other social goals.


  • As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.
    • Gore Vidal, The Decline and Fall of the American Empire (1992)
  • In popular imagination, at least, the 1970s was the golden age of excess in Hollywood. This was the decade when the studios were taken over by a new generation of maverick, mostly male, artists and film-makers, whose creative brilliance was matched by their wild feats of self-indulgent hedonism when they were off duty.
    • Decade of decadence: Nicholson, Polanski and Hollywood in the Seventies Independent UK, (23 October 2011)

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