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hedonist

[heed-n-ist] /ˈhid n ɪst/
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
1855-1860
1855-60; see hedonism, -ist
Related forms
hedonistically, adverb
nonhedonistic, adjective
nonhedonistically, adverb
unhedonistic, adjective
unhedonistically, adverb
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Examples for hedonist
  • 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.
Word Origin and History for hedonist
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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