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decadence Syllabification: dec·a·dence
Pronunciation: /ˈdekədəns/

Definition of decadence in English:


1Moral or cultural decline as characterized by excessive indulgence in pleasure or luxury: he denounced Western decadence
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  • This has been a long-term process of decadence, of culture and of economy.
  • There can be little doubt that we, too, live in a time of cultural and moral decadence.
  • Marriage was a key issue in the last election, with Massachusetts' gay marriages becoming a symbol of alleged blue state decadence and moral decay.
immoderateness, intemperance, licentiousness, self-indulgence, hedonism
deterioration, fall, decay, degeneration, decline, degradation, retrogression
1.1Luxurious self-indulgence: Frenchconnotes richness and decadence, and that’s the idea of this ice cream
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  • Luxurious decadence is mostly wasted on you, Virgos.
  • To sail in luxurious decadence, try the Symphonia, a 112-foot yacht that sleeps ten.
  • It doesn't have that luxurious feeling of decadence like having coffee and scones at 3.30 when everyone else is working.


Mid 16th century: from French décadence, from medieval Latin decadentia; related to decay.

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