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See also: décadence
From French décadence, from Medieval Latin decadentia (“decay”), from *decadens (“decaying”), present participle of *decadere (“to decay”); see decay.
decadence (countable and uncountable, plural decadences)
- A state of moral or artistic decline or deterioration; decay
- 1956, Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars, page 35:
- "Stability, however, is not enough. It leads too easily to stagnation, and thence to decadence."
- The quality of being luxuriously self-indulgent.
- the decadence of a five-star hotel
state of moral or artistic decline or deterioration
- “decadence”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “decadence”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
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