Definition of decadent in English:


Syllabification: dec·a·dent
Pronunciation: /ˈdekədənt


  • 1Characterized by or reflecting a state of moral or cultural decline.
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    • History tells us that decadent cultures which have lost the will to fight do not survive.
    • Those values have more or less passed away, during this decadent cultural period in which we have lived.
    • These people - philosophers like Nietzsche - fantasised that violence would purify our culture of decadent and degenerate forces.
    dissolute, dissipated, degenerate, corrupt, depraved, sinful, unprincipled, immoral; licentious, abandoned, profligate, intemperate; sybaritic, hedonistic, pleasure-seeking, self-indulgentdeclining, decaying, ebbing, degenerating, deteriorating
  • 1.1Luxuriously self-indulgent: a decadent soak in a scented bath
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    • Fabrics and colours are luxuriously decadent: red felt, magenta georgette, misty grey mohair, powdery blue sheepskin and sequinned fleece knits.
    • Hearst was famous for taking various famous friends out for decadent cruises on his luxurious boat.
    • The heavy atmosphere of the luxurious furnishings sets a decadent mood.


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  • 1A person who is luxuriously self-indulgent.
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    • The story concerns a dissolute decadent who is enchanted with his beloved, Alicia's, form, but who detests what he considers to be the frivolity and shallowness of her personality.
    • Fran Landesman is still the poet laureate of lovers and losers: her songs are the secret diaries of the desperate and the decadent.
    • Single cream or pouring cream is used for enriching and finishing sauces, soups, stews, desserts and coffee or cereals for the decadent.
  • 1.1 (often Decadent) A member of a group of late-19th-century French and English poets associated with the Aesthetic Movement.
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    • Pater's descriptions opened the eyes of the English decadents to the painter's enigmatic beauty, and he became a cult figure.
    • She had little formal education but travelled widely in Europe where her somewhat dramatic taste led to an interest in Italian Mannerism, German Romanticism, Pre-Raphaelitism, and the decadents.
    • His Swan Lake sets and costumes, informed not just by the overripe sensibility of the Pre-Raphaelites but also by Gustave Moreau and other decadents, look breathtaking on paper.



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  • What we might find shocking, then, is not that Coward had the nerve to deal with this subject matter, but that he might have actually lived like this; so decadently, so irresponsibly.
  • Otter Bar has a wild stretch of the Salmon River in its backyard and is probably the best whitewater school in the world, not least because it is the most decadently luxurious.
  • So while I slog through my day-to-day drudgeries, he is cavorting on the Champs-Elysées and decadently nibbling pain au chocolat on the Rive Gauche.


mid 19th century: from French décadent, from medieval Latin decadentia (see decadence).

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