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From French décadent, back-formation from décadence, from Medieval Latin decadentia, from Late Latin decadens (“decadens”), present participle of Late Latin decadō (“sink, fall”). Cognate with French décadent
decadent (plural decadents) A person affected by moral decay.
Adjective decadent (comparative more decadent, superlative most decadent) 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. 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!
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