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  • When I’m in a mood for something decadent I’ll probably meet him.
  • We’re too cynical, too decadent.
  • He looked like the decadent, overperfected end product of a long line of exquisite breeding—and everybody knew that he came from the gutter.
  • He explained that the decadence of architecture had come when private property replaced the communal spirit of the Middle Ages, and that the selfishness of individual owners—who built for no purpose save to satisfy their own bad taste, "all claim to an individual taste is bad taste"—had ruined the planned effect of cities.
  • "You talk like a decadent bourgeois, Ellsworth," said Gus Webb.
  • A society woman wrote an article on the exotic shrines she had seen in her dangerous jungle travels, praised the touching faith of the savages and reproached modern man for cynicism; the Stoddard Temple, she said, was a symptom of softness and decadence; the illustration showed her in breeches, one slim foot on the neck of a dead lion.

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  • So, sitting on the couch by myself, not talking, felt decadent.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • She slept decadently, eight to ten hours a day, could sleep anywhere—on a three-minute car ride, in the filthy booth of an off-campus diner, on anyone’s couch, at any time.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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