decadence[dek′ə dəns; also di kād′'ns]
This is decadence!
- An example of decadence is a dessert bar with hundreds of choices of chocolate desserts.
- An example of decadence is the Decadent movement in the late 19th century when artists and writers such as Oscar Wilde moved away from the Romantic ethical view to a more dishonest behavior reflecting a decline in moral behavior.
Decadence is defined as behavior that shows a love of self-indulgence, pleasure and money, or the process of decline or decay in society's ethical and moral traditions.
a process, condition, or period of decline, as in morals, art, literature, etc.; deterioration; decay
Origin of decadenceFrench décadence, a falling away ; from Medieval Latin decadentia ; from present participle of Vulgar Latin an unverified form decadere, to fall away ; from Classical Latin de-, from + cadere, to fall: see case
- A process, condition, or period of deterioration or decline, as in morals or art; decay.
- often Decadence A literary movement especially of late 19th-century France and England characterized by refined aestheticism, artifice, and the quest for new sensations.
Origin of decadenceFrench décadence, from Old French decadence, from Medieval Latin dēcadentia, a decaying, declining, from Vulgar Latin *dēcadere, to decay; see decay.
(countable and uncountable, plural decadences)