decadent

[ dek-uh-duhnt, dih-keyd-nt ]
/ ˈdɛk ə dənt, dɪˈkeɪd nt /

adjective

characterized by decadence, especially culturally or morally: a decadent life of excessive money and no sense of responsibility.
(often initial capital letter) of or like the decadents.

noun

a person who is decadent.
(often initial capital letter) one of a group of French and English writers of the latter part of the 19th century whose works were characterized by aestheticism, great refinement or subtlety of style, and a marked tendency toward the artificial and abnormal in content.

Origin of decadent

1830–40; back formation from decadence; see -ent

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British Dictionary definitions for decadent

decadent

/ (ˈdɛkədənt) /

adjective

characterized by decay or decline, as in being self-indulgent or morally corrupt
belonging to a period of decline in artistic standards

noun

a decadent person
(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

Derived Forms

decadently, adverb
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