Pronunciation: (dek'u-duns, di-kād'ns), [key]
1. the act or process of falling into an inferior condition or state; deterioration; decay: Some historians hold that the fall of Rome can be attributed to internal decadence.
2. moral degeneration or decay; turpitude.
3. unrestrained or excessive self-indulgence.
4. (often cap.) the decadent movement in literature. Also,dec•a•den•cyPronunciation: (dek'u-dun-sē, di-kād'n-). [key]
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