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[ep-i-kyoo-ree-uh-niz-uh m, -kyoo r-ee-] /ˌɛp ɪ kyʊˈri əˌnɪz əm, -ˈkyʊər i-/
the philosophical system or doctrine of Epicurus, holding that the external world is a series of fortuitous combinations of atoms and that the highest good is pleasure, interpreted as freedom from disturbance or pain.
(lowercase) epicurean indulgence or habits.
Also, Epicurism
[ep-i-kyoo-riz-uh m, ep-i-kyoo r-iz-uh m] /ˈɛp ɪ kyʊˌrɪz əm, ˌɛp ɪˈkyʊər ɪz əm/ (Show IPA)
Origin of Epicureanism
1745-55; epicurean + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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1751, with reference to a philosophy; 1847 in a general sense, from epicurean + -ism. Earlier was epicurism (1570s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Epicureanism [(ep-i-kyoo-ree-uh-niz-uhm, ep-i-kyoor-ee-uh-niz-uhm)]

A form of hedonism defended by several philosophers of ancient Greece. For the Epicureans, the proper goal of action was pleasure — a long-term pleasure, marked by serenity and temperance.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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