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Meaning of DECADENT

Pronunciation:  'dekudunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person who has fallen into a decadent state (morally or artistically)
  2. [adj]  marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay; "a decadent life of excessive money and no sense of responsibility"; "a group of effete self-professed intellectuals"

DECADENT is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: effete, indulgent
 See Also: bad person



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*ca"dent\, a.
    Decaying; deteriorating.
  2. \De*ca"dent\, n.
    One that is decadent, or deteriorating; esp., one
    characterized by, or exhibiting, the qualities of those who
    are degenerating to a lower type; -- specif. applied to a
    certain school of modern French writers.
          The decadents and [ae]sthetes, and certain types of
          realists.                                --C. L. Dana.
          The business men of a great State allow their State to
          be represented in Congress by ``decadents''. --The
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