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So, sitting on the couch by myself, not talking, felt decadent.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay
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decadent decadence decadently
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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
  • Sometimes his men would display the fancy clothes that they said they had taken from "decadent women" to shame them.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • After a decadent lunch of goose sandwiches and chocolate pudding, Emma began to agitate for the older kids to go swimming.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • To be fair, it should be mentioned that the University had a vague contempt for Imre’s populace, too, viewing them as self-indulgent and decadent.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • She’s not used to your decadent ways.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • It would be convenient to report that Judge Street was a gum-chewing illiterate ex-Klansman elevated to the judgeship by decadent politicians who wished to preserve the status quo.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Perhaps it was such mitigating qualities (permitting Sophie to perfect her French, which he considered a decadent language; allowing her mother to indulge her love for composers other than Wagner, triflers like Faure and Debussy and Scarlatti) that caused Sophie to accept without any conscious resentment his complete domination of her life even after she was married.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • At one time I would have considered drinking wine in bed before brushing one’s teeth to be the last word in decadence.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • ("Although I can’t quite picture General Herkimer lounging on that decadent old Grecian-looking article.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • The Christmas tree is starting to smell too rich, the spiced oranges sickly decadent.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Particularly the decadent dishes served in the Capitol.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • When I’m in a mood for something decadent I’ll probably meet him.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • His earlier incarnations—the decadent Capitol heartthrob I met before the Quell, the enigmatic ally in the arena, the broken young man who tried to help me hold it together—these have been replaced by someone who radiates life.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • A decadent product of the machine age.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It suggested a whole life of marvelous, elaborate decadence that attracted me like a magnet.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • And in addition, only a person thoroughly grounded in Ingsoc could appreciate the full force of the word bellyfeel, which implied a blind, enthusiastic acceptance difficult to imagine today; or of the word oldthink, which was inextricably mixed up with the idea of wickedness and decadence.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • ’I must confess that my satisfaction with my first theories of an automatic civilization and a decadent humanity did not long endure.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • In the unholy crimson glow that bathed them, his dark profile stood out as clearly as the head on an ancient coin, beautiful, cruel and decadent.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • These habits of former times appear to me now lavish, decadent almost; immoral, like the orgies of barbarian regimes.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Or again, had he seen me and been silent out of sophistication, decadence, over-civilization? I hurried down the street, my anxiety growing with each step.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • In the old lands they say of us that we go from barbarism to decadence without an intervening culture.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • We don’t get much of the old fighting in these decadent days.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • And somehow, Sarah had been able to whip up a chocolate dessert, with layers of whipped cream, mousse, brownies, and other delights that had everyone feeling decadent and satisfied.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Dick and Rosemary had luncheon at the Castelli dei Caesari, a splendid restaurant in a high-terraced villa overlooking the ruined forum of an undetermined period of the decadence.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • It was a decadent atmosphere for me whose previous experience of dating had been mixers and parlor calls from boys at prep school.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • It is another example of my decadence.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Instead of returning to Rome with the sudden fortune, which had been his dream maturing in misery, Jose Arcadio converted the house into a decadent paradise.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • It may be that in the larger design of the universe this invasion from Mars is not without its ultimate benefit for men; it has robbed us of that serene confidence in the future which is the most fruitful source of decadence, the gifts to human science it has brought are enormous, and it has done much to promote the conception of the commonweal of mankind.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Independence from Spain and then the abolition of slavery precipitated the conditions of honorable decadence in which Dr. Juvenal Urbino had been born and raised.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • PLAYER: Why, we grow rusty and you catch us at the very point of decadence-by this time tomorrow we might have forgotten everything we ever knew.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • It is redolent of the tawdry decadence of a far-flung but key imperial frontier.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
  • He considered Randy an insolent young loafer, an example of decadence in what once might have been a good family, and a sadly scrambled egghead, and had so informed his daughter.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • "A regular Roman nose," he used to say, "with my goiter I’ve quite the countenance of an ancient Roman patrician of the decadent period."
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • He and Socrates are defending the Immortal Principle of the Cosmologists against what they consider to be the decadence of the Sophists.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • He had expected to compete with Marcial and the other stars of the decadence of bull-fighting, and he knew that the sincerity of his own bullfighting would be so set off by the false aesthetics of the bull-fighters of the decadent period that he would only have to be in the ring.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • "Our Sublime Padishah Emperor …. " If the people of this decadent garrison city could only see the Emperor’s private note to his "Noble Duke"—the disdainful allusions to veiled men and women: " …. but what else is one to expect of barbarians whose dearest dream is to live outside the ordered security of the faufreluches?"
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Just to have that thirty minutes of solitude during the drive—it was decadent but essential.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • ’They reflect the age in cynicism which cannot comprehend the death of possibilities, fatuous sophisticated indulgence in the parody of the miraculous, decadence whose last refuge is self-ridicule, a mannered helplessness.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • If, on the other hand, seized by the brutal afterthought, we debauch the race thus caught in our talons, selfishly sucking their blood and brains in the future as in the past, what shall save us from national decadence?
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Our civilization is decadent, and our language–so the argument runs–must inevitably share in the general collapse.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • But first I spent some time, nine years at least, carrying out a community service by providing the one thing new Hyperion lacked: decadence.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • It occurred to Comrade Pillai that this generation was perhaps paying for its forefathers’ bourgeois decadence.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • But when Mr. Cecil Rhodes of the British Empire weeps many tears because he can’t do business with the blazing stars, this is not decadence but inner consciousness speaking over all the highest works of presumptuous man.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The city has a smell, a fecund musk of aristocracy, with the wine and the history of the lowcountry aging beneath the verandahs, the sweetly decadent odors of lost causes.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Her conception of human motives might, in certain lights, have been acquired at the court of some kingdom in decadence, and there were several in her list of which our heroine had not even heard.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Men who work for the disgraced English crown, that enfeebled, decadent government that sold out the Motherland to our tormentors.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • It is this decadence which is called the Renaissance.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • I spent my nights reading Proust’s A Remembrance of Things Past, admiring the lucid, subtle but strong prose, stupefied by its dazzling magic, awed by the vast, delicate, intricate, and psychological structure of the Frenchman’s epic of death and decadence.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • He had fallen into a deep cynicism over what had crossed his path, plotted the imperfectability of man and read Shaw and Chesterton enough to keep his mind from the edges of decadence—now suddenly all his mental processes of the last year and a half seemed stale and futile—a petty consummation of himself…. and like a sombre background lay that incident of the spring before, that filled half his nights with a dreary terror and made him unable to pray.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
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