hedonist

[heed-n-ist]
noun
1.
a person whose life is devoted to the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification.
adjective
2.
Also, hedonistic. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a hedonist or hedonism.

Origin:
1855–60; see hedonism, -ist

hedonistically, adverb
nonhedonistic, adjective
nonhedonistically, adverb
unhedonistic, adjective
unhedonistically, adverb
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hedonism (ˈhiːdəˌnɪzəm, ˈhɛd-)
 
n
1.  ethics
 a.  See utilitarianism the doctrine that moral value can be defined in terms of pleasure
 b.  the doctrine that the pursuit of pleasure is the highest good
2.  the pursuit of pleasure as a matter of principle
3.  indulgence in sensual pleasures
 
[C19: from Greek hēdonē pleasure]
 
he'donic
 
adj
 
hedon'istic
 
adj
 
'hedonist
 
n

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hedonist
1822, in reference to the Cyrenaic school of philosophy that deals with the ethics of pleasure, from Gk. hedonikos "pleasurable," from hedone "pleasure," related to hedys "sweet" (see sweet). A hedonist is properly the follower of any ethical system in which the highest good
is some sort of pleasure. The Epicurian identifies this with the practice of virtue.
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Example sentences
In his personal life and his screen roles, he cultivated an image as a hedonist who defied social conventions.
It would fit right in at a hedonist's breakfast table.
Fair enough: hedonist impulses and revolutionary aspirations are not necessarily contradictory.
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