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[heed-n-ist] /ˈhid n ɪst/
a person whose life is devoted to the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification.
Also, hedonistic. of, relating to, or characteristic of a hedonist or hedonism.
Origin of hedonist
1855-60; see hedonism, -ist
Related forms
hedonistically, adverb
nonhedonistic, adjective
nonhedonistically, adverb
unhedonistic, adjective
unhedonistically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for hedonistic
  • Parties can be private or public, sedate or wild, scientific or hedonistic.
  • He's a bit lost and hedonistic, but eventually learns to accept responsibility.
  • The city's hedonistic image is a bit of a myth.
  • However hedonistic or naive they may be, children have long memories.
  • The hedonistic world of pop may be the ultimate symbol of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.
  • This time around, the two planned on a less hedonistic outing.
  • Two hundred and thirty nine subjects were given a choice between a virtuous apple and a hedonistic chocolate bar.
  • hedonistic societies do not undertake to perform great accomplishments.
  • These adaptive dispositions are virtues in the hedonistic sense: they promote the well-being of the species that have them.
  • But the in-your-face hedonistic glamour seemed out of tune with the current mood.
Word Origin and History for hedonistic

1866, from hedonist + -ic. The earlier adjectival form was hedonic (1650s), "of or having to do with the Cyrenaic school of philosophy;" by 1901 in psychology.



1822, in reference to the Cyrenaic school of philosophy that deals with the ethics of pleasure, from Greek hedonikos "pleasurable," from hedone "pleasure," related to hedys "sweet," cognate with Latin suavis (see sweet). A hedonist is properly the follower of any ethical system in which some sort of pleasure ranks as the highest good. The Epicurian identifies this pleasure with the practice of virtue.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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