devolution, depravation, degeneracy, retrogression, atrophy, degeneration, decline, better, depravity, putrefaction, declension, deterioration, corruption, decadency, declination.
deterioration (part of speech: noun)
Said the orator: " It is claimed that singing is in a state of decadence,
and that the cause is largely due to the style of modern music.
- "Style in Singing", W. E. Haslam.
Are we to see in this fact proof of an instinct capable of modification, either making for decadence
and gradually neglecting what was the ancestors' safeguard, or making for progress and advancing, hesitatingly, towards perfection in the mason's art?
- "The Life of the Spider", J. Henri Fabre.
Dites donc, vous autres, says Bonneville, the wit of the school, who was in very high spirits; it's like the Roman Empire during the decadence-
'panem et circenses!
- "The Martian", George Du Maurier.