[dek-uh-duhnt, dih-keyd-nt]
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.

1830–40; back formation from decadence; see -ent

decadently [dek-uh-duhnt-lee, dih-keyd-nt-] , adverb
nondecadent, adjective, noun
overdecadent, adjective
overdecadently, adverb
semidecadent, adjective
semidecadently, adverb
undecadent, adjective
undecadently, adverb

1. corrupt, immoral, degenerate, debased, debauched, self-indulgent.
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decadent (ˈdɛkədənt)
1.  characterized by decay or decline, as in being self-indulgent or morally corrupt
2.  belonging to a period of decline in artistic standards
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

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Word Origin & History

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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