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decadent

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1 having lost forcefulness, courage, or spirit
  • social critics claimed that their culture had become decadent and weak

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  • undecadent
2 having or showing lowered moral character or standards
  • opponents of gambling casinos claim that gambling is a decadent form of entertainment

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3 given to or marked by excessive gratification of one's desires
  • the impressionable heiress couldn't resist the decadent temptations of the jet-set life

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decadent

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Synonyms & Antonyms of decadent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a person who has sunk below the normal moral standard
  • avant-garde artists who were scorned by the bourgeoisie as talentless decadents

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2 a person whose life is devoted to luxury and sensual pleasures
  • a decadent who squandered her once considerable family fortune

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“Decadent.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/decadent. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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