Definitions for decadenceˈdɛk ə dəns, dɪˈkeɪd ns; ˈdɛk ə dən si, dɪˈkeɪd n-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dec•a•denceˈdɛk ə dəns, dɪˈkeɪd ns; ˈdɛk ə dən si, dɪˈkeɪd n-(n.)

also dec•a•den•cy

  1. the act or process of falling into decay; deterioration.

  2. moral degeneration.

Origin of decadence:

1540–50; < MF < ML dēcadentia= LL dēcadent-, s. of dēcadēns, prp. of dēcadere to fall away

Princeton's WordNet

  1. degeneracy, degeneration, decadence, decadency(noun)

    the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities

Wiktionary

  1. decadence(Noun)

    A state of moral or artistic decline or deterioration; decay

  2. Origin: From décadence, from decadentia, from *, present participle of *; see decay.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decadence(noun)

    alt. of Decadency

Freebase

  1. Decadence

    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.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

decadence(noun)

a falling from high to low standards in morals or the arts

the decadence of the late Roman empire.

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