Definition of decadence in English:

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decadence

Pronunciation: /ˈdɛkəd(ə)ns/

noun

[mass noun]
1Moral or cultural decline as characterized by excessive indulgence in pleasure or luxury: he denounced Western decadence
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
dissipation, dissoluteness, degeneracy, debauchery, corruption, depravity, loucheness, vice, sinfulness, perversion, moral decay, immorality, lack of morals, lack of principles, lack of restraint, lack of control, lack of self-control, immoderateness, intemperance, licentiousness, wantonness, self-indulgence, hedonism, epicureanism
rare sybaritism, voluptuousness
1.1Luxurious self-indulgence: cream cakes on a Wednesday—pure decadence
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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