n. process, condition, or period of deterioration or decline; falling off or away; decay
The moral decadence of the people was reflected in the lewd literature of the period.
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It was, then, in a year, and even in a decade, that shall be nameless, that upon one Tuesday morning in autumn we found two visitors of European fame within the walls of our humble room in Baker Street.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Ellen finished and Gerald, who could never find his beads at prayer time, began furtively counting his decade on his fingers.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
In her funeral procession were the eleven people left out of the Grand Army and the Territorial Pioneers, old men and women, very old and weak, who a few decades ago had been boys and girls of the frontier, riding broncos through the rank windy grass of this prairie.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis Context
But the bird, like many other philosophers, seemed as he looked at the reddleman to think that a present moment of comfortable reality was worth a decade of memories.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy Context
The old leaders of Negro opinion, in the little groups where there is a Negro social consciousness, are being replaced by new; neither the black preacher nor the black teacher leads as he did two decades ago.
The Souls of Black Folk By W. E. B. Du Bois Context
But, I repeat, in many communities in the South the character of the ministry is being improved, and I believe that within the next two or three decades a very large proportion of the unworthy ones will have disappeared.
Up From Slavery: An Autobiography By Booker T. Washington Context