Definition of fin de siècle in English:

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fin de siècle

Pronunciation: /ˌfã də ˈsjɛkl(ə)/


1Relating to or characteristic of the end of a century, especially the 19th century: fin-de-siècle art
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  • He, of course, can and will do just that with the release of his fin-de-siècle modernist musical fantasia Moulin Rouge.
  • Mark Micale, certainly one of the best and most insightful writers on this period of the development of these fields in science, has now produced a truly valuable volume on the way that the arts and sciences of the fin-de-siècle interacted.
  • It seems like the artist has left behind the walkways of everyday life to be reunited with a fin-de-siècle symbolism, not without taking a detour through the surrealists or a stop in the limitless territories of Marcel Broodthaers.
1.1Decadent: there was a fin-de-siècle air in London’s clubland last night
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  • Translucent orange Starck pieces stand next to pink fin-de-siècle armchairs, with cheeky, punched-through dividers offering an air of privacy in some corners.
  • A boom late in the decade promoted a rash of extravagant pubs, and of theatres and music halls, a type dominated nationally by Frank Matcham, whose buildings gainsaid fin-de-siècle effeteness with a thumping heartiness.
  • I fear an indefinite and incoherent prolongation of a fin-de-siècle jurisprudence, where the court serves as nothing more than an ad hoc arbiter of issues it finds too difficult to decide in a principled way.


The end of a century, especially the 19th century.
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  • Their beautiful and strange visions of an inner dream world were the last manifestations of Romanticism, appealing to a public looking for escapism and a renewal of spirituality at the fin de siècle.
  • To find out why Romantic poets - such as Blake, Coleridge, and Wordsworth - were so fascinated by the apocalypse around an earlier fin de siècle, check out Norton's very comprehensive overview.
  • Melissa Purdue is a PhD candidate at the University of Kentucky where she is working on her dissertation on ‘New Woman’ authors at the fin de siècle.


French, 'end of century'.

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