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From French décadence, from Medieval Latin decadentia (decay), from *decadens (decaying), present participle of *decadere (to decay); see decay.

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decadence (countable and uncountable, plural decadences)

  1. A state of moral or artistic decline or deterioration; decay
    • 1956, Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars, page 35:
      "Stability, however, is not enough. It leads too easily to stagnation, and thence to decadence."

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