: one who theorizes that a nation or society is in or is headed for a state of economic, political, or social decline
Examples of declinist in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebAnd contrary to increasingly popular declinist narratives, the U.S. will be at the forefront of mankind’s second sustained push into the final frontier.
Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 21 Nov. 2020 While the United States has defied many declinist predictions in the postwar era, there is good reason for recent anxiety.
Ali Wyne, The New Republic, 21 June 2018
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