fin de siècle

[ fan duh sye-kluh ]
/ fɛ̃ də ˈsyɛ klə /
French.

noun

the end of the 19th century.

adjective

Sometimes fin-de-siècle. of, relating to, or characterized by concepts of art, society, etc., associated with the end of the 19th century.

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British Dictionary definitions for fin de siecle

fin de siècle
/ French (fɛ̃ də sjɛklə) /

noun

the end of the 19th century, when traditional social, moral, and artistic values were in transition

adjective fin-de-siècle

of or relating to the close of the 19th century
decadent, esp in artistic tastes
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Cultural definitions for fin de siecle

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.

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