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definition of the word decadent

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Back-formation from decadence, from Mediaeval Latin decadentia, from Late Latin decadens (decadens), present participle of Late Latin decado (sink, fall). Cognate with French décadent

decadent (comparative more decadent, superlative most decadent)


more decadent

most decadent

  1. Characterized by moral or cultural decline.
    • Gore Vidal - The Decline and Fall of the American Empire (1992)
      As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.
  2. Luxuriously self-indulgent.

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