American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Being in a state of decline or decay.
- adj. Marked by or providing unrestrained gratification; self-indulgent.
- adj. Of or relating to literary Decadence.
- n. A person in a condition or process of mental or moral decay.
- n. A member of the Decadence movement.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Falling away; decaying; deteriorating.
- n. One who or that which exhibits decadence or deterioration; specifically, one whose literary or artistic work is supposed to show the marks of national or general decadence: applied especially to a certain group of French writers and artists.
- adj. Characterized by moral or cultural decline.
- adj. Luxuriously self-indulgent.
- n. A person affected by moral decay.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Decaying; deteriorating.
- n. One that is decadent, or deteriorating; esp., one characterized by, or exhibiting, the qualities of those who are degenerating to a lower type; -- specif. applied to a certain school of modern French writers.
- adj. marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay
- n. a person who has fallen into a decadent state (morally or artistically)
- Back-formation from decadence, from Medieval Latin decadentia, from Late Latin decadens ("decadens"), present participle of Late Latin decado ("sink, fall"). Cognate with French décadent (Wiktionary)
- French décadent, back-formation from décadence, decadence; see decadence. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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