|The decadence of The Galactic Empire|
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Noun. Mid-16th century.
[French décadence, from medieval Latin decadentia, from decadent- present participial stem of Proto-Romance verb whence DECAY verb.]
The process of falling away or declining (from a state of excellence, vitality, prosperity, etc.);
decadent condition, decay, deterioration, specifically of a particular period in art, literature, etc., after a culmination.
I like the word decadence. I like how it's often used to simply mean 'shameless luxury', whether or not that luxury is truly decadent, and I like how I decadently like that use of decadent. I like how one can be decadent in a just about anything; perhaps there could even be a decadence of evil, where villains tire of all the effort it takes to be truly bad and gradually drift toward a more neutral morality. I like the concept of decadence and decay; I like how, in decline and breakdown, something new will inevitably rise, which may not be better, but it will at least be different.
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