Definition: Decadence

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From French décadence, from Medieval Latin decadentia (decay), from *decadens (decaying), present participle of *decadere (to decay).


decadence (countable and uncountable, plural decadences)

  1. A state of moral or artistic decline or deterioration; decay.
  2. The quality of being luxuriously self-indulgent.
    I was enjoying the decadence of the New Yorker Hotel during the night of the Manhattan performance.

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