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.
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Origin of decadence
- French décadence from Old French decadence from Medieval Latin dēcadentia a decaying, declining from Vulgar Latin dēcadere to decay decay
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition