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simple regression, decadency, decadence, repetition, degeneracy, infantile fixation, arrested development, reverting, turnaround, statistical regression, reasoning backward, devolution, regress, atavism, retroflexion, relapsing, lapsing, retroflection, degeneration, retroversion, reversion, turnabout, fixation, lapse, regression, forward, reverse, regression toward the mean, reversal.
Poetry had by degrees come to be something which was the very opposite of what-, ever is useful; all evolution seemed to these poets to be, from the point of view of culture, retrogression. - "Ã‰mile Verhaeren", Stefan Zweig.
I for my part believe that of the two extremes, a Quaker's meeting is nearer the ideal of Christian worship than High Mass, and so far as my feeble voice can reach, I would urge, as eminently a lesson for the day, Paul's great principle here, that a Christianity making much of forms and ceremonies is a distinct retrogression and descent. - "The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon", Alexander Maclaren.
retrogressive, Retrocession, retroversion, retrogressed, retrogress, retroflection, Retrogradation, retroflexion, retrospective.