1. the act or process of falling into an inferior condition or state; deterioration; decay: Some historians hold that the fall of Rome can be attributed to internal decadence.
  2. moral degeneration or decay; turpitude.
  3. unrestrained or excessive self-indulgence.
  4. (often initial capital letter) the decadent movement in literature.


  1. deterioration, esp of morality or culture; decay; degeneration
  2. the state reached through such a process

1540s, from Middle French d├ęcadence (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” (see case (n.1)). Used of periods in art since 1852, on French model.

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