degeneracy, degeneration, decadence, decadency(noun)
the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities
A state of moral or artistic decline or deterioration; decay
Origin: From décadence, from decadentia, from *, present participle of *; see decay.
alt. of Decadency
Decadence is a luxurious self-indulgence. It is often used to describe a decline due to an erosion of moral, ethical, or sexual traditions. In literature, the Decadent movement—late nineteenth century fin de siècle writers who were associated with Symbolism or the Aesthetic movement—was first given its name by hostile critics, and then the name was triumphantly adopted by some writers themselves. These "decadents" relished artifice over the earlier Romantics' naïve view of nature. Some of these writers were influenced by the tradition of the Gothic novel and by the poetry and fiction of Edgar Allan Poe.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dek′a-dens, or de-kā′-, Dec′adency (or de-kā′-), n. state of decay: a term for a school in modern French literature not distinguished for vigour or originality.—adj. Dec′adent (or de-kā′-), decaying.—n. something decaying or decayed. [Fr.,—Low L. decadentia, from L. de, down—cadĕre, to fall.]
The numerical value of decadence in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of decadence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
The difference between our decadence and the Russians' is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic.
If you think of the success of the majority of the so called italian artists, you can easily understand the profound state of decadence and corruption of the stupid nation itself.
Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts.
The goal of every culture is to decay through over-civilization; the factors of decadence, -- luxury, skepticism, weariness and superstition, -- are constant. The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.
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- упадък, декадентствоBulgarian
- παρακμιακό, παρακμήGreek
- dekadenssi, moraalinen mädännäisyysFinnish
- անկում, անկումայնությունArmenian
- декаданс, упадок, декадентство, упадочничествоRussian
- propadanje, dekadencija, dekadansaSerbo-Croatian
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