decline

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decline

noun abatement, act of crumbling, act of dwindling, act of falling away, act of lessening, act of losing ground, act of shrinking, act of slipping back, act of wasting away, act of weakening, act of worsening, atrophy, backkard step, cheapening, collapse, consumption, contraction, corrosion, corruption, decadency, decay, decrease, decrepitude, decurrence, deflation, degeneracy, degeneration, deminutio, depreciation, descent, deterioration, devaluation, dilapidation, diminishing, dissolution, downfall, downgrade, downhill, downtrend, downturn, downward inclination, downward incline, downward trend, drop, ebb, enfeeblement, erosion, failing, fall, falling away, falling-off, gradual crumbling, graddal impairment, lessening, loss, loss of value, lowering, marcescence, pejoration, period of decrease, plunge, recession, regress, regression, relapse, retreat, retroaction, retrogradation, retrogression, reversion, ruin, shrinkage, sinkage, sinking, slump, subsidence, wane
Associated concepts: spoilage, waste

decline

(Fall), verb come down, decay, degenerate, deteriorate, drop, drop in strength, ebb, fall, lapse, stoop, trend downward, wane, wither
Associated concepts: decline in price

decline

(Reject), verb abnegate, abstain, eschew, exxuse oneself, hold back, rebuff, recusare, refuse, refuse to accept, renounce, renueve, repel, repudiate, resist, spurn, turn away, turn down, veto
Associated concepts: decline an appointment, decline to accept an offer
See also: abate, abatement, avoid, caducity, curtailment, damage, decay, decrease, deduction, degenerate, degradation, depreciate, depress, depression, deteriorate, diminution, disavow, disdain, dismiss, disoblige, dissent, ebb, end, evade, expense, expiration, fail, forbear, forgo, forswear, languish, lapse, lessen, lose, loss, rebuff, refrain, refuse, reject, relapse, renounce, repudiate, sacrifice, spurn, subside, termination
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While Murray's citing of long-term declines in religiosity, marriage, and employment among whites alarmed the audience, the idea that working-class whites might also be in moral decline was less a departure from the conservative worldview than it seemed.
The epilogue contains a short analysis of the moral decline of Western societies.
The politics of virtue: The crusade against America's moral decline.
Professor Flew sees the urgency of this task to lie in the "general moral decline widely perceived to have been in progress for many years in both the UK and the USA" (p.
As it turns out, the aforementioned "sect" is called the Exclusive Brethren, and seven of its top leaders had formed a front group that paid for $500,000 worth of fliers claiming that the current government was responsible for radical moral decline, including support for "euthanasia" and laws that would put pastors "in prison for reading the Bible.
I cannot believe that our present Prime Minister is so naive that he cannot see that the cynical passing of such a Bill will have an even more devastating and accelerating effect on the general moral decline and health of our nation.
Nico's obsession with Luchi comes across less as romance than an attempt to save himself from inevitable moral decline.
The Angolan group expressed a desire to set up a trauma relief healing centre; the South Africans will continue to build bridges across ethnic, religious and age divides; the Ghanaians intend to establish youth forums to fight the moral decline which is fuelling the HIV/Aids epidemic.
Finally, the moral decline often mentioned by respondents suggests that apprehensions about modern lifestyles may explain the perceived increase in adult mortality.
Moral decline, he said, is part of a cyclical process; history shows that societies are capable of "re-forming themselves" even after massive disruption (Zenit, May 6, 2004).
Or about Republican state senator Kay O'Connor, who a couple of years ago told members of a local League of Women Voters chapter that granting women the right to vote had fostered moral decline.
Traditionalist theorists emphasize moral decline brought about by family breakdown, while more-liberal analysts focus on the positive gains to be had for people engaging in less-conventional personal relationships.