fin de siècle


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fin de siècle

Occurring at the end of a century, especially the 19th century (when traditional values were in a state of upheaval). This French phrase means "end of century." A work like "The Importance of Being Earnest" can help us to better understand fin de siècle sensibilities.
See also: DE, fin
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