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 (dĕk′ə-dənt, dĭ-kād′nt)
1. Being in a state of decline or decay.
2. Marked by or providing unrestrained gratification; self-indulgent.
3. often Decadent Of or relating to literary Decadence.
1. A person in a condition or process of mental or moral decay.
2. often Decadent A member of the Decadence movement.

[French décadent, back-formation from décadence, decadence; see decadence.]

dec′a·dent·ly adv.


1. characterized by decay or decline, as in being self-indulgent or morally corrupt
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) belonging to a period of decline in artistic standards
3. a decadent person
4. (Literary & Literary Critical Movements) (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
ˈdecadently adv


(ˈdɛk ə dənt, dɪˈkeɪd nt)

1. characterized by or given to decadence.
2. (often cap.) of or like the decadents.
3. a person who is decadent.
4. (often cap.) any of a group of writers, esp. of late 19th-century France, whose work stressed refinement of style and a content of artificiality, perverseness, the bizarre, despair, etc.
dec′a•dent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.decadent - a person who has fallen into a decadent state (morally or artistically)
bad person - a person who does harm to others
Adj.1.decadent - marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay; "a decadent life of excessive money and no sense of responsibility"; "a group of effete self-professed intellectuals"
indulgent - characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone ; "indulgent grandparents"


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[ˈdekədənt] ADJ [habits, person] → decadente


[ˈdɛkədənt] adjdécadent(e)


n (Liter) → Vertreter(in) m(f)der Dekadenz, Décadent m (geh)


[ˈdɛkədnt] adjdecadente


(ˈdekədəns) noun
1. a falling from high to low standards in morals or the arts. the decadence of the late Roman empire.
2. the state of having low or incorrect standards of behaviour; immorality. He lived a life of decadence.
ˈdecadent adjective
a decadent young man.

decadence ends in -ence (not -ance).
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