de cadence


[dek-uh-duhns, dih-keyd-ns]
the act or process of falling into an inferior condition or state; deterioration; decay: Some historians hold that the fall of Rome can be attributed to internal decadence.
moral degeneration or decay; turpitude.
unrestrained or excessive self-indulgence.
(often initial capital letter) the decadent movement in literature.
Also, decadency [dek-uh-duhn-see, dih-keyd-n-] .

1540–50; < Middle French < Medieval Latin dēcadentia, equivalent to Late Latin dēcadent- (stem of dēcadēns), present participle of dēcadere to fall away (de- de- +cad(ere) to fall + -ent- -ent) + -ia noun suffix; see -ence

nondecadence, noun
nondecadency, noun
overdecadence, noun

1. degeneration, retrogression, decline. Unabridged
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decadence or decadency (ˈdɛkədəns)
1.  deterioration, esp of morality or culture; decay; degeneration
2.  the state reached through such a process
[C16: from French, from Medieval Latin dēcadentia, literally: a falling away; see decay]
decadency or decadency
[C16: from French, from Medieval Latin dēcadentia, literally: a falling away; see decay]

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Word Origin & History

1540s, from M.Fr. decadence (early 15c.), from M.L. decadentia "decay," from decadentem (nom. decadens) "decaying," prp. of decadere "to decay," from L. de- "apart, down" + cadere "to fall" (see case (1)). Used of periods in art since 1852, on French model.
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