Decadent definition

dĕkə-dənt, dĭ-kādnt
Lavishly or sensually self-indulgent.
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Marked by or providing unrestrained gratification; self-indulgent.
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A decadent person, esp. a writer or artist active in a period of decadence.
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Being in a state of decline or decay.
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The definition of decadent is something in a state of decline or something that is luxurious and self-indulgent.

An example of a decadent desert is a gigantic piece of expensive chocolate cake.

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Luxuriously self-indulgent.
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A person affected by moral decay.
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A person in a condition or process of mental or moral decay.
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In a state of decline; characterized by decadence.
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Characterized by moral or cultural decline.
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Any of a group of late-19th-cent., chiefly French writers characterized by a highly mannered style and an emphasis on the morbid and perverse.
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Of or relating to literary Decadence.
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A member of the Decadence movement.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
decadent
Plural:
decadents

Origin of decadent

  • French décadent back-formation from décadence decadence decadence

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French décadent, back-formation from décadence, from Medieval Latin decadentia, from Late Latin decadens (“decadens”), present participle of Late Latin decadō (“sink, fall”). Cognate with French décadent

    From Wiktionary