What does decadence mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word decadence.

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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Oscar Wilde:

    America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.

  2. James Grover Thurber:

    The difference between our decadence and the Russians' is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic.

  3. Carl William Brown:

    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.

  4. Ernest Hemingway:

    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.

  5. Cyril Connolly:

    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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