• IPA: /ˈdɛkədənt/


  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.
    • Hedonismbot in the Futurama episode "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings"
      Surgery in an opera? How wonderfully decadent! And just as I was beginning to lose interest!
  • (luxuriously self-indulgent) sinful (colloquial)
Translations Translations Noun

decadent (plural decadents)

  1. A person affected by moral decay.
    • L. Douglas
      He had the fastidiousness, the preciosity, the love of archaisms, of your true decadent.

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