Definition of decadence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdekədəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdekədəns//
[uncountable] (disapproving)
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behaviour, attitudes, etc. which show a fall in standards, especially moral ones, and an interest in pleasure and enjoyment rather than more serious things the decadence of modern Western society Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French décadence, from medieval Latin decadentia; related to decay.
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