decadent

If your friend vacations in lavish hotels, wears thousand-dollar shoes, and refuses to eat cheese that costs less than $20 an ounce, you might say her lifestyle is decadent.

A decadent is a person who has fallen into a state of moral or artistic decay. Typically, though, we use decadent as an adjective to describe wasteful indulgence or extravagance. Celebrities who find themselves unable to manage sudden fame and fortune sometimes go overboard, throwing million-dollar parties, living the fast life, turning to drugs and alcohol. And because they're famous, we read about them and their decadent lifestyles in the tabloid papers.

Definitions of decadent
  1. adjective
    indulgent of your own appetites and desires
    synonyms: self-indulgent
    indulgent
    characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone
  2. adjective
    marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay
    “a decadent life of excessive money and no sense of responsibility”
    synonyms: effete
    indulgent
    characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone
  3. noun
    a person who has fallen into a decadent state (morally or artistically)
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    type of:
    bad person, malefactor
    a person who does harm to others
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