Word of the day

The word for today is…

decadent (adj) – 1. Being in a state of decline or decay.
2. Marked by or providing unrestrained gratification; self-indulgent.
3. Often Decadent Of or relating to literary Decadence.

(noun) – 1. A person in a condition or process of mental or moral decay.
2. Often Decadent A member of the Decadence movement.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “In a state of decline or decay (from a former condition of excellence),” 1837, from French décadent, back-formation from décadence. In reference to literary (later, other artistic) schools that believed, or affected to believe, they lived in an age of artistic decadence, 1885 in French, 1888 in English. Usually in a bad sense.

Bread, supposedly the staff of life, has become one of our most decadent foods — doughy, gummy, and without the aroma, flavour, texture, taste and appearance that is typical of good bread. [“College and University Business” 1960]

Beckoning sense of “desirable and satisfying to self-indulgence” begins circa 1970 in commercial publications in reference to desserts.


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