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
When decadence calls or guests need to be impressed, Georgia Bits and Grits Waffles are the way to go, an over-the-top gateway to waffles’ (nearly limitless) savory side.
Trump saw complacence, laxity, and perhaps even decadence as the crisis of the West.
DDC embraces decadence with rich food, free-flowing cocktails, endless oysters, and a raucous afterparty.
Some places might double down on the decadence, but a meat as heavy and rich as Butcher’s crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside pork belly requires accompaniment that lightens the mood.
My lightened-up pulled pork recipe is delicious, but having Pete & Sam’s super-indulgent pork BBQ pizza is next-level decadence.
At a recent performance, laughs and applause had a way of dissolving into uneasy quiet as the show’s depictions of fascism and hate revealed themselves, smuggled in discreetly under cover of hedonistic decadence.
Adnan Khashoggi, the flamboyant Saudi arms trader who rose to spectacular wealth in the 1970s and 1980s while treating the world to displays of decadence breathtaking even by the standards of that era, died on Tuesday in London.
On the red carpet, Sofia Boutella radiated Jazz Age decadence in futuristic chain mail for her film’s opening in Madrid, and Rooney Mara eschewed goth for ladylike layers of tulle to close out Cannes.
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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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