- 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.
- 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.
Origin: French décadence, a falling away ; from Midieval Latin decadentia ; from present participle of Vulgar Latin an unverified form decadere, to fall away ; from Classical Latin de-, from plush cadere, to fall: see case
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- 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: French décadence, from Old French decadence, from Medieval Latin dēcadentia, a decaying, declining, from Vulgar Latin *dēcadere, to decay; see decay.