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A Sense of Decadence

Trying to convey a sense of richness, one of the words that came to mind was “Decadence”. I was considering that as part of a company name, but something told me to check the definition of the word. Dictionary.com defines the word as follows:

dec·a·dence  noun

1. the act or process of falling into an inferior condition or state; deterioration; decay: Some historians hold that the fall of Rome can be attributed to internal decadence.
2. moral degeneration or decay; turpitude.
3. unrestrained or excessive self-indulgence.
4. ( often initial capital letter ) the decadent movement in literature.

I always relished the thought of being decadent, with a sense of luxury and royalty; I never thought of being decadent as being one of low morals or being in a state of decay and decline, and in asking a couple of friends what they thought the word meant, they were thinking along the same lines as I did. Aside from slang, do words morph into new meanings?


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