In literary and artistic criticism, the decline that follows a time of great cultural achievement. It is typified by world-weariness, self-consciousness, and the search for new stimulation through artistic refinement and degenerate behavior. The term is used especially in connection with the fin-de-sičcle styles of the late 19th century (Symbolism, the Aesthetic Movement, and Art Nouveau). It has been applied to such artists and writers as Arthur Rimbaud, Oscar Wilde, and Aubrey Beardsley.
ETYM Latin dilapidatio: cf. French dilapidation.
The process of becoming dilapidated; SYN. ruin.
The state of being in need of repair
In need of repairs.
ETYM Latin expiratio,exspiratio: cf. French expiration. Related to Expire.
1. Loss of validity, usually at the passage of a date.
2. The act of expiring; the act or process of breathing out, or forcing air from the lungs through the nose or mouth.
1. A movement downward
2. A sudden decline in strength or number or importance; SYN. downfall.
3. A lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity
4. The season when the leaves fall from the trees; SYN. autumn.
5. (Sports) When a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat; SYN. pin.