adjective \ˈde-kə-dənt also di-ˈkā-\

: having low morals and a great love of pleasure, money, fame, etc.

: attractive to people of low morals who are only interested in pleasure

: extremely pleasing

Full Definition of DECADENT

:  marked by decay or decline
:  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of the decadents
:  characterized by or appealing to self-indulgence <decadent pleasures>
dec·a·dent·ly adverb

Examples of DECADENT

  1. The book condemns some of society's wealthiest members as decadent fools.
  2. a wealthy and decadent lifestyle
  3. a decadent hotel room, complete with a hot tub
  4. We relaxed in decadent luxury.

Origin of DECADENT

back-formation from decadence
First Known Use: 1837



Definition of DECADENT

:  one of a group of late 19th century French and English writers tending toward artificial and unconventional subjects and subtilized style
:  one that is decadent

Examples of DECADENT

  1. <avant-garde artists who were scorned by the bourgeoisie as talentless decadents>
  2. <a decadent who squandered her once considerable family fortune>

First Known Use of DECADENT


Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody


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