from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Being in a state of decline or decay.
  • adjective Marked by or providing unrestrained gratification; self-indulgent.
  • adjective Of or relating to literary Decadence.
  • noun A person in a condition or process of mental or moral decay.
  • noun A member of the Decadence movement.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • Falling away; decaying; deteriorating.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • adjective Decaying; deteriorating.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Characterized by moral or cultural decline.
  • adjective Luxuriously self-indulgent.
  • noun A person affected by moral decay.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay
  • noun a person who has fallen into a decadent state (morally or artistically)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French décadent, back-formation from décadence, decadence; see decadence.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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



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