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Of or characteristic of the last part of the 19th century, especially with reference to its artistic climate of effete sophistication.

[French : fin, end + de, of + siècle, century.]


(Fr. fɛ̃ dəˈsyɛ klə)
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the final years of the 19th century, esp. in Europe, and to the rarefied aestheticism and world-weary, somewhat decadent sophistication of its society, art, and literature.
[< French: end of the century]
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Davies is the story of a noble family's descent into poverty, dishonor, suicide, and madness--and a brilliantly entertaining portrayal of fin-de-siecle Corfu.
Debussy's Roderick is a tortured fin-de-siecle romantic - Robert Hayward is impressive in his long monologue - but musically this is no Pelleas.
The Gillion Crowet Collection is the cherry on the Musee Fin-de-Siecle Museum's upside-down cake.
Musicologists have long viewed Gustave Charpentier as a relatively marginal figure of the fin-de-siecle, dwarfed by Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, and Claude Debussy.
Legitimacy and revolution in a society of masses; Max Weber, Antonio Gramsci, and the fin-de-siecle debate on social order.
Bourne takes this date as his starting point, setting the christening of Aurora, the story's heroine, in the year of the ballet's first performance; the height of the fin-de-siecle period when fairies, vampires and decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination.
The Dynamite Club: How a Bombing in Fin-de-Siecle Paris Ignited the Age of Modem Terror.
From whom to beg or barter a seat But some clerk in a fin-de-siecle cap
Aficionados of classical music and architecture are also in for a treat: this, after all, is fin-de-siecle Vienna and Tallis has a supreme talent for bringing the city to life.
In this fin-de-siecle world, professional soccer condemns all that is useless, and useless means not profitable.
The Royal Liverpool Phil, conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier, gave excellent accounts of Chausson's Symphony in B flat - full of fin-de-siecle intensity - and Debussy's peerless evocation of La Mer, a great, swelling seascape in music.
34) See Tracy Seeley, '"The Sun Shines on a World Re-arisen to Pleasure": The Fin-de-siecle Metaphysical Revival', Literature Compass, 3.