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The attitude or belief that a civilization or society, or a cultural, economic, or political institution within a civilization or society, is in long-term or permanent decline.

de·clin′ist adj. & n.
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A defeatist attitude shaped by American declinism, nativism and anti-immigrant sentiment now completely rules out the possibility of a liberal intervention in Idlib.
Even the "deaths of despair" that provide the foundation for so much of contemporary working-class declinism can be explained largely as an unintended consequence of restrictive drug policy.
With a dizzying array of charts, Pinker illustrates the fantastic increases in wealth, health, safety, and longevity that have taken place since "the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment set in motion the process of using knowledge to improve the human condition." He delivers some well-earned barbs against the "declinism" that prevails in certain quarters of the left and right.
Populism, persistent republicanism and declinism. An empirical analysis of populism as a thin ideology.
Yet even after early hopes about the Arab revolutions were proven wrong, al-Qaeda declinism endured.
We oscillate between triumphalism and declinism. After the Soviets launched Sputnik in 1957, we believed we were in decline.
Just as there is widespread discussion of US decline today, America experienced repeated waves of "declinism" during the Cold War.
So it becomes hard to find a foreign-policy language that's aligned to reality but does not smack of"declinism" " fatal for any politician.
I first encountered this term declinism in the British newspaper The Guardian.
The loss of these positions, with the share of global FDI falling to 20% and the USA becoming the world's largest debtor, has been reinforced by events since 2007 to significantly reignite the debate over American declinism see for example Cox (2012; 2007) and the rebuttal by Williams (2007).
His lecture to the students and faculty of the Naval War College betrayed no evidence of "declinism." Instead, he urged his audience to explore the history of the three global conflicts to inform their understanding of a prudent American grand strategy for the 21st century.
Beginning with "Sputnick Shock" in the late 1950s, the United States has undergone cyclical bouts of "declinism," with the most recent predicting China's usurpation of US superpower status, argues Joffe (publisher-editor of the weekly German newspaper Die Zeit), who sets out to debunk this line of thinking.