He was possessed by the spirit of decadence, imitative rather than originating..
In France it had ~ originally no revolutionary character whatever; it proceeded from traditional Gallican theories and from the innovating principle of humanism, and it began as a protest against Roman decadence and medieval scholasticism.
Decadence of the municipal bodies into whose inheritance she had entered.
In fine, the decadence of the papal institution manifested itself in an irremediable manner when it had accomplished no more than the half of its task.
We notice, however, that the continual warfare in which the Roman state was engaged led to the decadence of the free population of Latium, and that the extension of the empire of Rome was fatal to the prosperity of the territory which immediately surrounded the city.'