from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A process, condition, or period of deterioration or decline, as in morals or art; decay.
- n. A literary movement especially of late 19th-century France and England characterized by refined aestheticism, artifice, and the quest for new sensations.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A state of moral or artistic decline or deterioration; decay
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A falling away; decay; deterioration; declension. “The old castle, where the family lived in their decadence.”
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A falling off or away; the act or process of falling into an inferior condition or state; the process or state of decay; deterioration.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities
Although I am loathe to use the word, the term decadence comes to mind.
On the other, Ramadan TV talk shows on state-sponsored television featuring racily dressed female hosts discussing intimate sex secrets with celebrities have sparked outrage from conservatives, denouncing what they call the decadence that is sweeping the nation.
In a post-Apocalyptic world where supernaturals have emerged from hiding, wealthy humans delight in decadence while the religious gain power through temptation.
Take heart, things are gonna be rough, in many ways over the next decade, the soft and spoiled days of cheap energy are over, decadence is about to implode.
Whitefish Imperial is a slightly less decadent and much less expensive version of crab imperial, a dish that is the definition of decadence.
Lately the topic of decadence is weighing heavily on my thoughts.
The current attitude of get-alongism that plagues the Church, evidence of a profound decadence, is not a good sign for the future.
Pobrecito's ill-fated hope of leading a life of decadence is derived from looking at porn magazines, secreted away in an American cemetery, which he takes to selling on the streets in exchange for food.
This zone was developed at the beginning of the 8th century A.D., when the lowland cities of the Maya were in decadence or already abandoned.
Dining for a month on the traditional, super-rich winter cuisine of northern Italy has been a delightful exercise in decadence, but I might not make it to spring unless I get some roughage to cut through this buildup of breadsticks, butter, whipped cream, chocolate, meat, egg-yolk pasta and cheese.