epicurean

[ep-i-kyoo-ree-uhn, -kyoor-ee-]
adjective
1.
fond of or adapted to luxury or indulgence in sensual pleasures; having luxurious tastes or habits, especially in eating and drinking.
2.
fit for an epicure: epicurean delicacies.
3.
(initial capital letter) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Epicurus or Epicureanism.
noun
4.
an epicure.
5.
(initial capital letter) a disciple of Epicurus.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English Epicurien < Latin Epicūrē(us) of Epicurus (< Greek Epikoúreios) + -an

nonepicurean, adjective, noun
unepicurean, adjective


2. gourmet, luxury, lavish, deluxe, rich.


2. austere, simple, plain, modest, frugal.
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epicurean (ˌɛpɪkjʊˈriːən)
 
adj
1.  devoted to sensual pleasures, esp food and drink; hedonistic
2.  suitable for an epicure: an epicurean feast
 
n
3.  an epicure; gourmet
 
epicu'reanism
 
n

Epicurean (ˌɛpɪkjʊˈriːən)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to the philosophy of Epicurus
 
n
2.  a follower of the philosophy of Epicurus
 
Epicu'reanism
 
n

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epicurean
1570s, one devoted to pleasure, from L. epicureus, from Gk. epikoureios (see epicure). In reference to a follower of a philosophical system (often with capital e-), from c.1600. As an adjective, attested from 1580s in the philosophical sense and 1640s with the meaning pleasure-loving.
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Example sentences
Our more epicurean neighbors are in nowise sharers in our prejudices respecting the gastronomic properties.
Naturally, having your town go from rural crossroads to epicurean epicenter has brought some stresses.
Intended to invoke tradition, political correctness and freshness, with more than a whiff of epicurean superiority.
It is also a medium for epicurean improvisation, as in the recipes that follow.
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