from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Being in a state of decline or decay.
- adj. Marked by or providing unrestrained gratification; self-indulgent.
- adj. Of or relating to literary Decadence.
- n. A person in a condition or process of mental or moral decay.
- n. A member of the Decadence movement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Characterized by moral or cultural decline.
- adj. Luxuriously self-indulgent.
- n. A person affected by moral decay.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Decaying; deteriorating.
- n. One that is decadent, or deteriorating; esp., one characterized by, or exhibiting, the qualities of those who are degenerating to a lower type; -- specif. applied to a certain school of modern French writers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Falling away; decaying; deteriorating.
- n. One who or that which exhibits decadence or deterioration; specifically, one whose literary or artistic work is supposed to show the marks of national or general decadence: applied especially to a certain group of French writers and artists.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay
- n. a person who has fallen into a decadent state (morally or artistically)
To his confused mind English literature was a period of degeneracy, one and indissoluble, in which certain famous writers lived, devoting what time they could snatch from the practice of what he called the decadent vices to the worship of the bottle.
She offers food, such as what she calls a decadent sweet roll, that's sweetened mostly with agave instead of sugar.
On top of that, the Macross can never run out of the abundant food and toys for the 60,000+ people living in decadent luxury in its cargo bay.
Ignorance may be bliss when in decadent times, but will not give you the tools necessary to thrive when they go bleak.
Bath desserts - talk about the ultimate in decadent luxury!
Those sentiments were fully aired during the wide-open era we call the decadent sixties.
And this was in decadent liberal California (though, admittedly, the most conservative part ...)
Wafa used the word decadent to describe the Oriental Harmony Journey, a two-hour, four-handed rubdown offered at the Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan.
The Akons are more active and mentally healthier than the majority of Arkonides, who are in what you might call a decadent state-and the same is true of their mighty empire.
NAFISI: ... about eating a-- well, any -- like, for example, licking ice cream in public is sort of called decadent or unseemly for a woman.