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fin de siècle

[fan duh sye-kluh] /fɛ̃ də ˈsyɛ klə/ French.
the end of the 19th century.
Sometimes, fin-de-siècle. of, relating to, or characterized by concepts of art, society, etc., associated with the end of the 19th century. Unabridged
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  • But, take it all in all, it's safer and more in keeping with fin de siecle rules and regulations.

    The Woman Beautiful Helen Follett Stevans
British Dictionary definitions for fin de siecle

fin de siècle

/fɛ̃ də sjɛklə/
the end of the 19th century, when traditional social, moral, and artistic values were in transition
of or relating to the close of the 19th century
decadent, esp in artistic tastes
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Contemporary definitions for fin de siecle

pertaining to the end of the 19th century, esp. its fashions, art, literature

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French 'end of the century''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for fin de siecle

1890, from French fin de siècle "end of century," phrase used as an adjective. At the time it meant "modern;" now it means "from the 1890s." "App. first in title of a comedy, Paris fin de siècle, produced at the Gymnase, Feb. 1890" [Weekley]. French siècle "century, age" is from Latin saeculum (see secular).

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fin de siecle in Culture
fin de siècle [(fann duh see-ek-luh)]

The end of the nineteenth century; the phrase is French for “end of the century.” Fin de siècle is particularly used to describe the period's self-conscious artistic movements and a sophisticated despair that became popular at the time. Oscar Wilde is one of the best-known fin-de-siècle figures.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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