decadence


dec·a·dence

noun \ˈde-kə-dən(t)s also di-ˈkā-\

: behavior that shows low morals and a great love of pleasure, money, fame, etc.

Full Definition of DECADENCE

1
:  the process of becoming decadent :  the quality or state of being decadent
2
:  a period of decline

Examples of DECADENCE

  1. The book condemns the decadence of modern society.
  2. <a symbol of the decadence of their once-mighty civilization>

Origin of DECADENCE

Middle French, from Medieval Latin decadentia, from Late Latin decadent-, decadens, present participle of decadere to fall, sink — more at decay
First Known Use: 1530

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