Decadence 1540s, from M.Fr. décadence (early 15c.), from M.L. decadentia ”decay,” from decadentem (nom. decadens) “decaying,” prp. of decadere ”to decay,” from L. de- ”apart, down” + cadere ”to fall”. Used of periods in art since 1852, on French model.

Decadence 1540s, from M.Fr. décadence (early 15c.), from M.L. decadentia ”decay,” from decadentem (nom. decadens) “decaying,” prp. of decadere ”to decay,” from L. de- ”apart, down” + cadere ”to fall”. Used of periods in art since 1852, on French model.

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