Definition of decadence
1 : the process of becoming decadent : the quality or state of being decadent the decadence of modern society escape the decadence that attends upon old age — G. L. Dickinson
2 : a period of decline
Examples of decadence in a Sentence
The book condemns the decadence of modern society.
a symbol of the decadence of their once-mighty civilization
Recent Examples of decadence from the Web
Most luxury products are pitched to appeal to a sense of decadence or exclusivity in consumers.
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Origin and Etymology 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
Synonym Discussion of decadence
DECADENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of decadence for English Language Learners
: behavior that shows low morals and a great love of pleasure, money, fame, etc.
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