fin de siecle

fin de siècle

[fan duh sye-kluh]
French.
1.
the end of the 19th century.
2.
Sometimes, fin-de-siècle. of, pertaining to, or characterized by concepts of art, society, etc., associated with the end of the 19th century.
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fin de siècle (fɛ̃ də sjɛklə)
 
n
1.  the end of the 19th century, when traditional social, moral, and artistic values were in transition
 
adj
2.  of or relating to the close of the 19th century
3.  decadent, esp in artistic tastes

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Main Entry:  fin de siecle
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  pertaining to the end of the 19th century, esp. its fashions, art, literature
Etymology:  French 'end of the century'
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fin de siecle
1890, from Fr. fin de siècle "end of century," phrase used as an adj. At the time it meant "modern;" now it means "from the 1890s." "App. first in title of a comedy, Paris fin de siècle, produced at the Gymnase, Feb. 1890" [Weekley].
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fin de siècle [(fann duh see-ek-luh)]

The end of the nineteenth century; the phrase is French for “end of the century.” Fin de siècle is particularly used to describe the period's self-conscious artistic movements and a sophisticated despair that became popular at the time. Oscar Wilde is one of the best-known fin-de-siècle figures.

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