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The Gladstone period had passed its zenith and its decadence had already begun.

The decadence of Narbonne as a port is due to natural causes.

"Well, I hope so," sighed Phoebe, wondering secretly at the decadence of love.

It is only in the days of their decadence that a strong light beats into heaven.

The Irish say that England is in the first stage of her decadence, and they say it with some reason.

As matter of fact, decadence in surgery is noted immediately after his death.

To be wrong, and to be carefully wrong, that is the definition of decadence.

You have only known me in my decadence, an idle and unprofitable London clubman.

Perhaps the dominion of the dead was tottering and was already in its decadence.

The Chestertonian decadence was not even an all-round falling-off.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, from Middle French décadence (early 15c.), from Medieval Latin decadentia "decay," from decadentem (nominative decadens) "decaying," present participle of decadere "to decay," from Latin de- "apart, down" (see de-) + cadere "to fall" (see case (n.1)). Used of periods in art since 1852, on French model.

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