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  • In light of the riots, martial law is a necessary and hopefully temporary retrogression in the reform of a once intolerant government.
  • His development (or retrogression) was rapid.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • But how about the foresight and the moral retrogression?
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • You see, Friends of Global Progress are a very progressive group and they have always maintained that you represent the blackest element of social retrogression ha the country, so it would embarrass us, you know, to have your name on our list of contributors, because somebody might accuse us of being in the pay of Hank Rearden.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged

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  • The ideas, the modes, the surroundings, appeared retrogressive and unmeaning.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • —that curious double movement where real progress may be negative and actual advance be relative retrogression.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Florentino Ariza writhed with retrogressive jealousy, thinking that perhaps she had more of a past than she pretended, but he had to swallow everything she said because he told her, as he told them all, that she had been his only lover.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • They say he is the most retrogressive man in the county.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • And as the ends and ultimates of all things accord in some mean and measure with their inceptions and originals, that same multiplicit concordance which leads forth growth from birth accomplishing by a retrogressive metamorphosis that minishing and ablation towards the final which is agreeable unto nature so is it with our subsolar being.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • After a time he divined that the inevitable retrogression had set in: she had not enough faith to uphold the burden she had accepted, nor the courage to cast it off.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail

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  • Perhaps Fascism wanted to show its up-to-dateness, to conceal the fact that it was a retrogression; perhaps it wanted to conform to the tastes of the wealthy elite it served.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • Retrogression even.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • Chapter XXXVI A GRIM RETROGRESSION—THE PHANTOM OF CHANCE The Vances, who had been back in the city ever since Christmas, had not forgotten Carrie; but they, or rather Mrs. Vance, had never called on her, for the very simple reason that Carrie had never sent her address.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Meantime, new thoughts came to the nation: the inevitable period of moral retrogression and political trickery that ever follows in the wake of war overtook us.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Retrogressive, now!
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • He had foresight, but has less now than formerly, pointing to a moral retrogression, which, when taken with the decline of his fortunes, seems to indicate some evil influence, probably drink, at work upon him.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • If we had to describe a man who is retrogressive in the most evil sense of the word—we should say, he is one who would dub himself a reformer of our constitution, while every interest for which he is immediately responsible is going to decay: a philanthropist who cannot bear one rogue to be hanged, but does not mind five honest tenants being half-starved: a man who shrieks at corruption, and keeps his farms at rack-rent: who roars himself red at rotten boroughs, and does not mind if…
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The Negro cannot stand the present reactionary tendencies and unreasoning drawing of the color-line indefinitely without discouragement and retrogression.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
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