characterized by decadence, especially culturally or morally:
a decadent life of excessive money and no sense of responsibility.
(often initial capital letter) of or like the decadents.
a person who is decadent.
(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.
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).