Adjective "Decadent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Characterized by or reflecting a state of moral or cultural decline.
  1. 'Those values have more or less passed away, during this decadent cultural period in which we have lived.'
  2. 'More conventionally, Squire Hamilton represents a type common in Hammer horrors of the period: the depraved, decadent aristocrat.'
  3. 'Watching satellite television has been illegal as it is seen as the conveyor of decadent western culture.'
  4. 'I neglected my friends, started listening to her music, dressing the way she wanted me to dress; essentially losing myself in her vacant, decadent lifestyle.'
  5. 'They banned it because of the novel's sexual description and its characters' decadent lifestyles.'
  6. 'History tells us that decadent cultures which have lost the will to fight do not survive.'
  7. 'The films featuring Marlene Dietrich add the paradox of the dazzling yet androgynous female who is simultaneously moral and amoral, eminently proper yet irredeemably decadent.'
  8. 'Restraint in dress represented a reaction to the excesses of a corrupt monarchy and decadent regime.'
  9. 'Boogie Nights 2 is essentially a rollercoaster ride through the decadent decade that taste forgot, with references to shell suits, Live Aid and Mrs Thatcher, all soundtracked by hits from Wham!'
  10. 'These people - philosophers like Nietzsche - fantasised that violence would purify our culture of decadent and degenerate forces.'
  11. 'a decadent soak in a scented bath'
  12. 'Most people think of chocolate as a decadent dessert that should be avoided by health-conscious consumers.'
  13. 'Bullock plays Gwen Cummings, a successful writer who shares an enviably decadent New York lifestyle with her equally hedonistic British boyfriend Jasper.'
  14. 'One of his companies specialises in the most indulgent and decadent pampering of mind, body and soul to be found in the Home Counties.'
  15. 'Note that though it tastes sweet and rich and decadent, it's actually quite low calorie.'
  16. 'Fabrics and colours are luxuriously decadent: red felt, magenta georgette, misty grey mohair, powdery blue sheepskin and sequinned fleece knits.'
  17. 'Like a fine wine, or a decadent chocolate truffle it requires savoring, indulging, and enjoying.'
  18. 'But Furst also conveys the elegant, decadent delights of the prewar good life. One Hungarian character has his sauerkraut cooked not in beer but champagne.'
  19. 'Hearst was famous for taking various famous friends out for decadent cruises on his luxurious boat.'
  20. 'Sipping a decadent tamarind margarita, I sank into a plump towelling-covered chair.'
  21. 'Did he go hunting or riding or sailing, play tennis or bowls, and indulge himself in decadent or amorous pursuits?'


A person who is luxuriously self-indulgent.
  1. 'Single cream or pouring cream is used for enriching and finishing sauces, soups, stews, desserts and coffee or cereals for the decadent.'
  2. 'The crucial point, however, is not that Thurman's decadents are truly corrupt; they simply appear to be so from the perspective of staid Victorian morality.'
  3. 'The story concerns a dissolute decadent who is enchanted with his beloved, Alicia's, form, but who detests what he considers to be the frivolity and shallowness of her personality.'
  4. 'Pater's descriptions opened the eyes of the English decadents to the painter's enigmatic beauty, and he became a cult figure.'
  5. 'Whereas earlier decadents played with the idea and symbols of a passive, beautiful death, with Futurism it became violent, hard and cold.'



1. characterized by decadence, especially culturally or morally: a decadent life of excessive money and no sense of responsibility.

2. (often initial capital letter) of or like the decadents.


3. a person who is decadent.

4. (often initial capital letter) one of a group of French and English writers of the latter part of the 19th century whose works were characterized by aestheticism, great refinement or subtlety of style, and a marked tendency toward the artificial and

More examples(as adjective)

"members can be decadent under influences."

"societies can be decadent."

"cultures can be decadent."

"regimes can be decadent."

"people can be decadent."

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(decadent)Mid 19th century: from French décadent, from medieval Latin decadentia (see decadence).