de-, 向下。-cad, 掉落，词源同case, accident. 引申义堕落。
- decadence (n.)
- 1540s, from Middle French décadence (early 15c.), from Medieval Latin decadentia "decay," from decadentem (nominative decadens) "decaying," present participle of decadere "to decay," from Latin de- "apart, down" (see de-) + cadere "to fall" (see case (n.1)). Used of periods in art since 1852, on French model.
- 1. The empire had for years been falling into decadence.
- 2. The country, they say, will inevitably now plunge headlong into decadence.
- 3. the decadence of modern Western society
- 4. The decadence of morals is bad for a nation.
- 5. That city seems to be the hothouse of decadence.
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