What does the word decadence mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Deterioration; decline; decay. decadency.

Usage examples for decadence

  1. And so, from a physical point of view, we find that if a man has any peculiar power, it first gradually increases in strength until it reaches its acme, after which it enters upon a path of slow decadence, until it ends in imbecility. – Counsels and Maxims From The Essays Of Arthur Schopenhauer by Arthur Schopenhauer
  2. The race seems to have been brought up beneath it and I take it for a sign of decadence in the New England character that we no longer plant orchards. – Old Plymouth Trails by Winthrop Packard
  3. That the objection is conceivable is precisely the measure of our decadence. – Aspects of Literature by J. Middleton Murry