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decadent

[dek-uh-duh nt, dih-keyd-nt] /ˈdɛk ə dənt, dɪˈkeɪd nt/
adjective
1.
characterized by decadence, especially culturally or morally:
a decadent life of excessive money and no sense of responsibility.
2.
(often initial capital letter) of or like the decadents.
noun
3.
a person who is decadent.
4.
(often initial capital letter) one of a group of French and English writers of the latter part of the 19th century whose works were characterized by aestheticism, great refinement or subtlety of style, and a marked tendency toward the artificial and abnormal in content.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; back formation from decadence; see -ent
Related forms
decadently
[dek-uh-duh nt-lee, dih-keyd-nt-] /ˈdɛk ə dənt li, dɪˈkeɪd nt-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
nondecadent, adjective, noun
overdecadent, adjective
overdecadently, adverb
semidecadent, adjective
semidecadently, adverb
undecadent, adjective
undecadently, adverb
Synonyms
1. corrupt, immoral, degenerate, debased, debauched, self-indulgent.
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British Dictionary definitions for de-cadent

decadent

/ˈdɛkədənt/
adjective
1.
characterized by decay or decline, as in being self-indulgent or morally corrupt
2.
belonging to a period of decline in artistic standards
noun
3.
a decadent person
4.
(often capital) one of a group of French and English writers of the late 19th century whose works were characterized by refinement of style and a tendency towards the artificial and abnormal
Derived Forms
decadently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for de-cadent
decadent
1837, from decadence. In a state of decline or decay (from a former condition of excellence); adopted from Fr. use in ref. to literary (later, other artistic) schools that believed, or affected to believe, they lived in an age of artistic decadence (1885 in French, 1888 in English).
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