Origin of decadent
Examples from the Web for decadent
The grandson of legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland, Nicholas Vreeland was poised for a decadent life in high-society.
Since it could now survive travel over longer distances, lobster became a decadent treat for the American upper class.My Big, Buttery Lobster Roll Rumble: We Came, We Clawed, We Conquered|Scott Bixby|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I remember going to a rehearsal dinner that had lobster tail on the buffet and thinking that was decadent.Which of Kim Kardashian’s Weddings Was More Ridiculous?|Kevin Fallon|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Decadent, venal, ineffective, stratified, anxiety-ridden, stumbling from one declared crisis to the next—who wants that?
Amongst the characters performances are decadent costumes, over-the-top wigs, and too much leather, fur, and slinky cuts to count.
One of the "owned" senators representing a decadent New England state, himself master of the state political machine.Theft|Jack London
The last manifestations of Gothic church-building in Spain were neither weak nor decadent, but virile, impressive and logical.Cathedrals of Spain|John A. (John Allyne) Gade
Again he sank down in a softly padded chair and surveyed the pictures and the minor objects of decadent art about him.
But this Empire, by the middle of the thirteenth century, was in a decadent condition.The Turkish Empire, its Growth and Decay|Lord Eversley
But we had begun to lose faith; we even said that we were decadent, that our day had passed.The Wasted Generation|Owen Johnson
"in a state of decline or decay (from a former condition of excellence)," 1837, from French décadent, back-formation from décadence (see decadence). In reference to literary (later, other artistic) schools that believed, or affected to believe, they lived in an age of artistic decadence, 1885 in French, 1888 in English. Usually in a bad sense, e.g.:
"Bread, supposedly the staff of life, has become one of our most decadent foods -- doughy, gummy, and without the aroma, flavor, texture, taste and appearance that is typical of good bread." ["College and University Business" 1960]
Beckoning sense of "desirable and satisfying to self-indulgence" begins c.1970 in commercial publications in reference to desserts.