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    Decadent definition

    I recently saw a post on FB by a friend asking people not to use the word "decadent" when describing desserts. Curious, I looked it up, and the definition of decadent when used as an adjective is "characterized by or reflecting a state of moral or cultural decline."

    She's right, I do not think any dessert, no matter how indulgent, will lead to moral or cultural decline.

    Opinions, anyone?
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    Wow, I didn't know that! I wonder how it came to be used in reference to desserts.
    Yikes! I've been Boo'd ... right off of the stage!
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    I was doing a crossword puzzle, the clue was "stroke of luck", and the word was fluke. So I looked it up and sure enough, it has a positive connotation. Didn't know that either.
    Yikes! I've been Boo'd ... right off of the stage!
    Aaahh, I have been defrosted! Thank you, Bonny and Asiel!
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    "That's the power of kittens (and puppies too, of course): They can reduce us to quivering masses of Jell-O in about two seconds flat and make us like it. Good thing they don't have opposable thumbs or they'd surely have taken over the world by now." -- Paul Lukas

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    That's one definition and one only; another definition is luxuriously pleasing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cassiesmom View Post
    Wow, I didn't know that! I wonder how it came to be used in reference to desserts.
    Full definitions:

    adjective:
    1. characterized by or reflecting a state of moral or cultural decline.
    synonyms: dissolute, dissipated, degenerate, corrupt, depraved, sinful, unprincipled, immoral;

    luxuriously self-indulgent "a decadent soak in a scented bath"


    noun
    noun: decadent; plural noun: decadents
    1. a person who is luxuriously self-indulgent.

    a member of a group of late-19th-century French and English poets associated with the Aesthetic Movement.

    But I never see it used as a noun!


    cassiesmom: I always have known the positive connotation of fluke, but I also think of the parasitic flatworm that is called a fluke ...! Yes, I have an odd brain!
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    Two meanings - interesting but not uncommon. "State of moral decline", perhaps if one steals said dessert by breaking into high-end pastry shop in the dead of night LOL. And why was Aesthetic Movement necessarily a bad thing? It brought us Verlaine, Baudelaire, absinthe, and most importantly Wilde, whose famous character my kitty Dorian Gray, Esq. is named for!

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    Most interesting,must say I use the word all the time ,verbally and written to describe a rich yummy dessert.
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    The meanings of words, and their connotations, do change over time. Some words have opposite meanings, depending on the context! I think they're called oxynyms or something like that. (Saw it on Jeopardy! once.)
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    I thought it was the point where a teen age driver finally gets that 10th bump in the body work..

    Deca = ten
    Dent = You have to tell your parents/insurance company.

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