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Definition marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay
  • At its height, Comrade Chin walks across the stage with a banner reading: "The Actor Renounces His Decadent Profession!"
    David Henry Hwang  --  M. Butterfly
decadent = having bad morals
  • In the old lands they say of us that we go from barbarism to decadence without an intervening culture.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Give them a few more years of decadent glory.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • He was searching for 9 Park South, looking for the Beaumont Mansion, the site of D'Courtney's death... and Maria Beaumont, shrill, decadent, reassuring.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • 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
  • This is not the first time that a revanchist plot has been uncovered through the decadence of its architects.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Then, like decadent Romans at Petronius's board, we took a walk and retired for the necessary and inevitable nap.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • She's not used to your decadent ways.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • The Christmas tree is starting to smell too rich, the spiced oranges sickly decadent.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • It had been her subjection to the decadence of feminine dress that had been unnatural.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • Or again, had he seen me and been silent out of sophistication, decadence, over-civilization?
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • 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
  • We don't get much of the old fighting in these decadent days.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The more "Western," and therefore decadent, portions were distributing aggressively.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Particularly the decadent dishes served in the Capitol.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • 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
  • It is redolent of the tawdry decadence of a far-flung but key imperial frontier.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King's Horseman
  • The softness of the dark seemed nearly decadent He returned to the camp and skinned the rabbit while water boiled over the fire.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • 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
  • 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

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