Definition of decadent in English:

decadent

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛkəd(ə)nt
 
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adjective

noun

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  • 1A person who is luxuriously self-indulgent: for half a million dollars, he offers rich decadents the chance to lead a deadly safari
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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.

Derivatives

decadently

adverb
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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.

Origin

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

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