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decadence (noun) (of a society) the state of having low morals and given too much to pleasures.

Decadence is the fall in moral standards. Behavior, attitudes, etc., which show a disregard for morals and more interest in pleasures than in serious things, is decadence. The decadence of a society is its low morals and interests in pleasures. The Roman Empire before its fall saw such a decadence with people's behavior and attitude showing little respect for morals.

  • Wealth is the important cause of the decadence of a society, because wealth makes for easy life and easy life in turn makes people lax in morals. That is the beginning of decadence.
  • History is full of examples of mighty empires perishing as a result of the decadence of those societies showing little importance to morals and having excessive indulgence in pleasures.
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