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  • n. Plural form of decadent.

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Examples

  • They were what he called decadents, not because they lacked talent or their art was not impressive, but because their works were laments of artistic impotence, characterizations of an ugly world that the poets believe they cannot influence.

    THE CLOSING OF THE AMERICAN MIND

  • Montgomery Hyde tells us that the nineties were regarded as naughty, not because they were any naughtier than other decades, but because of the efforts of the 'decadents' to shock the middle classes – Épater le bourgeois.

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  • Montgomery Hyde suggests that these 'decadents' exhibited: perversity, artificiality, egoism and curiosity, with their novel ideas reinforced by the use of epigram and paradox.

    2010 March 09 | NIGEL BEALE NOTA BENE BOOKS

  • Wagner to scorn as the chief of 'decadents' because he had turned from the superhuman heroism of Siegfried and the boundless passion of

    Recent Developments in European Thought

  • They show the influence not only of Hugo and Gautier, but of those more recent schools of "decadents" which exhibit French romanticism in its deliquescent stage; writers like Theodore de Banville and Charles Baudelaire; books like Aloysius Bertrand's "Gaspard de la Nuit."

    A History of English Romanticism in the Nineteenth Century

  • And to be the fitting poet of such an epoch, he modeled his style on that of the poets of the Latin decadence; for, as he expressed it for himself and for the modern school of "decadents" in French poetry founded upon his name: --

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 4

  • He protested: “The so-called decadents seek the pure

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • I'd suggest if they want to survive – and I hope they don't – they should shut up for a long, long time and hope people forget that they make Nero and the Roman decadents look like frat boys. larry

    Bennett: Sanford needs to stop 'embarrassing himself'

  • The socially corrosive post-modernist ideology that has steadily infested most US campuses for the past few decades (decadents?) has, with the simple stroke of the new President's pen, now been unilaterally unleashed upon society to do its worst.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • You are a force onto yourself, and your many decadents will rule wisely until the end of time.

    Dubai, a new Constantinople!

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