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Definition of "decadent" []

  • Being in a state of decline or decay. (adjective)
  • Marked by or providing unrestrained gratification; self-indulgent. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to literary Decadence. (adjective)
  • A person in a condition or process of mental or moral decay. (noun)
  • A member of the Decadence movement. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "decadent" in a sentence
  • "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."