decadent ADJECTIVE 1) characterized by moral or cultural decline. 2) luxuriously self-indulgent.
DERIVATIVES decadence noun decadently adverb.
ORIGIN French, from Latin decadentia; related to DECAY(Cf. ↑decay).

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