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  • Characterised by moral or cultural decline.
  • Luxuriously self-indulgent.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



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 æsthetes, 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 Century.

De*ca"dent (?), a. Decaying; deteriorating.

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 æsthetes, 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 Century.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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