What does decadence mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

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

    the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities


  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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Decadence

    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.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decadence in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decadence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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