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Below you will find the definition of decadence, followed by 43 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities
EXAMPLES - Decadence in a Sentence
- Lately the topic of decadence is weighing heavily on my thoughts. (source)
- Although I am loathe to use the word, the term decadence comes to mind. (source)
- A more interesting and characteristic example of the "decadence" is Henry (source)
- SL: Apparently, there's an underlying concept of 'decadence' across all your releases. (source)
- This is what by some is called the decadence, by some, the tragedy of Philippine nationalism. (source)
- And hovering over the decadence is a hell-bent obsession with money at any cost and fame at any price. (source)
- A sure sign of decadence is when the following generation has less ethical qualities than the previous. (source)
- Faber applies his criticism more particularly to this so-called decadence of education after (circa) 1930. (source)
- It's traditional to cite the "decadence" of Rome as causing that civilization's fall, but that wasn't the case. (source)
- That is known as decadence, especially among historical philosophers who never had to do any of the actual fighting. (source)
- Nor if regard be merely had to the great names which adorn the time, may it seem proper to use the word decadence at all. (source)
- The long couches he favored recalled the decadence of lost civilizations but also allowed him to recline when transformed. (source)
- My generation (I am 45) seems to me be characterized by more decadence and more selfishness than any before in our history. (source)
- That's one part of the so-called decadence of MTV that seems real; recruiting kids into Credit Hell with cute musical come-ons. (source)
- The current attitude of get-alongism that plagues the Church, evidence of a profound decadence, is not a good sign for the future. (source)
- Towards the end of this cultural and constructive apogee, near the year 800 A.D., the cities of the lowlands were all in decadence. (source)
- America, "decadence" has had its day, although traces of its passing are everywhere in evidence, and the best that was in it still lingers. (source)
- Whitefish Imperial is a slightly less decadent and much less expensive version of crab imperial, a dish that is the definition of decadence. (source)
- This zone was developed at the beginning of the 8th century A.D., when the lowland cities of the Maya were in decadence or already abandoned. (source)
- Dubai is fast becoming the tombstone for capitalist hubris and exuberance, its hollow skyscrapers a poetic shrine to decadence and impunity. ' (source)
- Among such false ideas is the almost universal one that what is called the decadence of a nation is a sign of something regrettable and deplorable. (source)
- This seems precisely the kind of decadence this administration and particularly President Obama has criticized against, "Schock told Journal-Star reporters. (source)
- In a post-Apocalyptic world where supernaturals have emerged from hiding, wealthy humans delight in decadence while the religious gain power through temptation. (source)
- As you evolve your purchases to align with your expanding tastes and knowledge, your definition of decadence will change completely, and your quality of life will soar. (source)
- "decadence" has become associated with the Left, but Romney-Robertson amply demonstrate that the real sickness of which the country is dying, is typified by the far-Right. (source)
- The Empire is currently in the early stages of decadence, which is the most agreeable time to inhabit: peace and pleasure, and the society not yet rotted so far that chaos sets in. (source)
- Or you could take the tack -- since the root of the word decadence is "decay" -- that only without liberty is decay inevitable, since only with liberty can the law of diminishing returns be overthrown. (source)
- Pobrecito's ill-fated hope of leading a life of decadence is derived from looking at porn magazines, secreted away in an American cemetery, which he takes to selling on the streets in exchange for food. (source)
- King and Country and The Go-Between) he too easily succumbed, less to the siren song of celebrity than to the tiresome topic of British upper-class "decadence," which is not a left-wing theme by any means. (source)
- St. Thomas makes use of a philosophical proof which proves the existence rather of some kind of decadence than of sin, and he considers his proof as probable only, satis probabiliter probari potest (Contra Gent., (source)
- Yes, we are all now heirs of the 'decadence' of the eighteen-nineties, in that we are all involved in 'an exasperated search for beauty on the part of individual men conscious or unconscious of the declining West'. (source)
- Because they come at the end of a long and fertile period of literature, because a colder and harder kind of poetry followed them, they are said to be "decadence," "autumn," "over-ripe fruit," "sunset," and so forth. (source)
- The concept of "decadence" evokes a more interesting answer, as the word-literally meaning deterioration or decay-refers both to food and to a period of artistic production, largely associated with late 19th-century Europe. (source)
- Now one tendency of latter-day verse has been toward that over-delicacy of fibre which has been termed decadence, toward the preference of correct metrical harmonies over distinct and incisive expression, toward vague indications of meaning. (source)
- It is typical of what I have called the decadence of Chesterton that he borrowed another writer's most offensive description of a lady prominently connected with The New Statesman in order to quote it with glee by way of answer to this article. (source)
- (Of course the question is why in Uganda and other former colonies, which are quick to dub gay rights as "foreign imports" and examples of Western decadence, are only too happy to accept the help of the same foreigners when it comes to gay-bashing?) (source)
- Excerpt the cause of the difficulty, for it was as clear to them as the noonday sun, as clear as the occasion of our "decadence" should have been to the House of Representatives that appointed Mr. Lynch -- as clear as it should be to the Congress now assembled. (source)
- On the other, Ramadan TV talk shows on state-sponsored television featuring racily dressed female hosts discussing intimate sex secrets with celebrities have sparked outrage from conservatives, denouncing what they call the decadence that is sweeping the nation. (source)
- ATLANTIC CITY - The word decadence was thrown around a lot Saturday at Bally's Atlantic City - people sipping Johnnie Walker Gold out of chocolate glasses next to a flowing chocolate fountain will have that effect - but for Diane Yamate, chocolate is more a cure-all than an indulgence. (source)
- Dining for a month on the traditional, super-rich winter cuisine of northern Italy has been a delightful exercise in decadence, but I might not make it to spring unless I get some roughage to cut through this buildup of breadsticks, butter, whipped cream, chocolate, meat, egg-yolk pasta and cheese. (source)
- There are two Pisas -- one in which people have lapsed into ennui, and live from hand to mouth since the decadence, which is in fact the entire city, except a remote corner; the other is this corner, a marble sepulcher where the Duomo, Baptistery, Leaning Tower and Campo-Santo silently repose like beautiful dead beings. (source)
- To receive a free-verse poem into one's right brain is a challenging skill, and most contemporary general readers have not cultivated the subtle techniques involved in reading a free verse poem with the metrical right brain: deciding on each phrase's physical tempo, momentum, variations, and so on. on "decadence" in poetic style: (source)
- Something has yet to be said as to the general characteristics of this time -- characteristics which, scarcely discernible in the first period, yet even there to be traced in such work as that of Surrey and Sackville, emerge into full prominence in the next, continue with hardly any loss in the third, and are discernible even in the "decadence" of the fourth. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 43 example sentences provided below is 41.0, which suggests that "decadence" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 26 synonyms for decadence.
corruption, debasement, decay, declension, decline, degeneracy, degeneration, degradation, devolution, dissipation, dissolution, downfall, downgrade, evil, excess, fall, gluttony, incontinence, intemperance, lasciviousness, lechery, lewdness, licentiousness, regression, sensuality, sybaritism
We have 11 antonyms for decadence.
ascent, decency, development, goodness, honor, humility, improvement, morality, rise, upgrade, virtue
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (dĕkˈə-dəns, dĭ-kādˈns)
View up to 25 definitions of decadence from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A process, condition, or period of deterioration or decline, as in morals or art; decay.
- (noun) A literary movement especially of late 19th-century France and England characterized by refined aestheticism, artifice, and the quest for new sensations.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A state of moral or artistic decline or deterioration; decay
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A falling away; decay; deterioration; declension. “The old castle, where the family lived in their decadence.”
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) A falling off or away; the act or process of falling into an inferior condition or state; the process or state of decay; deterioration.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities