(Late Latin) decadentia; (Latin) de- + cadere to fall: confer (French) décadence. See Decay.
A falling away; decay; deterioration; declension. "The old castle, where the family lived in their decadence.' Sir (Welsh) Scott.
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From French décadence, from Medieval Latin decadentia (“decay”), from *decadens (“decaying”), present participle of *decadere (“to decay”); see decay.
decadence (countable and uncountable, plural decadences) A state of moral or artistic decline or deterioration; decay 1956 — Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars, p 35 "Stability, however, is not enough. It leads too easily to stagnation, and thence to decadence."
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