decadent

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From French décadent, back-formation from décadence, from Medieval Latin decadentia, from Late Latin decadens (decadens), present participle of Late Latin decadō (sink, fall). Cognate with French décadent

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decadent (comparative more decadent, superlative most decadent)

  1. Characterized by moral or cultural decline.
    • Gore Vidal - The Decline and Fall of the American Empire (1992)
      As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.
  2. Luxuriously self-indulgent.

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decadent (plural decadents)

  1. A person affected by moral decay.

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