- the act or process of falling into an inferior condition or state; deterioration; decay: Some historians hold that the fall of Rome can be attributed to internal decadence.
- moral degeneration or decay; turpitude.
- unrestrained or excessive self-indulgence.
- (often initial capital letter) the decadent movement in literature.
Origin of decadence
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Examples from the Web for decadency
And then came a decadency, like a wagon rolling out of ear-shot.The Voodoo Gold Trail
The census of 1850 furnishes the following facts connected with the decadency of the Southern soil.Foot-prints of a letter carrier
All in Uxmal proclaims the decadency of art, the relaxation of morals, the depravity of customs, the lewdness of the inhabitants.
- deterioration, esp of morality or culture; decay; degeneration
- the state reached through such a process
Word Origin and History for decadency
1540s, from Middle French décadence (early 15c.), from Medieval Latin decadentia "decay," from decadentem (nominative decadens) "decaying," present participle of decadere "to decay," from Latin de- "apart, down" (see de-) + cadere "to fall" (see case (n.1)). Used of periods in art since 1852, on French model.