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decadence (n.)

1540s, "deteriorated condition, decay," from French décadence (early 15c.), from Medieval Latin decadentia "decay," from decadentem (nominative decadens) "decaying," present participle of decadere "to decay," from Latin de- "apart, down" (see de-) + cadere "to fall" (from PIE root *kad- "to fall"). Meaning "process of falling away from a better or more vital state" is from 1620s. Used of periods in art since 1852, on French model.

updated on December 08, 2020

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Definitions of decadence from WordNet

decadence (n.)
the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities;
Synonyms: degeneracy / degeneration / decadency
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