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decadent

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adjective dec·a·dent \ˈde-kə-dənt also di-ˈkā-\

Simple Definition of decadent

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  marked by decay or decline

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of the decadents

  3. 3 :  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


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decadent

noun dec·a·dent

Definition of decadent

  1. 1 :  one of a group of late 19th century French and English writers tending toward artificial and unconventional subjects and subtilized style

  2. 2 :  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>



1886

First Known Use of decadent

1886



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