Simple Definition of decadence
: 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
The book condemns the decadence of modern society.
<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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