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or Sybaritical

[sib-uh-rit-ik] /ˌsɪb əˈrɪt ɪk/
(usually lowercase) pertaining to or characteristic of a sybarite; characterized by or loving luxury or sensuous pleasure:
to wallow in sybaritic splendor.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Sybaris or its inhabitants.
Origin of Sybaritic
< Latin Sybarīticus < Greek Sybarītikós, equivalent to Sybarī́t(ēs) Sybarite + -ikos -ic
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Sybaritically, adverb Unabridged
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  • He was guilty of many liaisons and the Sybaritic character of his self-indulgences increased as the years went by.

  • We were becoming selfish, self-indulgent, Sybaritic rapidly.

  • He realized to the full extent the Sybaritic pleasures which now surrounded him.

    The New Tenant E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • I had heard that Sir William Howe was of Sybaritic temperament.

    In Hostile Red Joseph Altsheler
  • Though born to the forest, and a good woodsman, he had Sybaritic tastes, which needed only opportunity to bud and bloom.

    The Free Rangers Joseph A. Altsheler
  • His wide, thin lips were pursed in Sybaritic enjoyment of his cigar.

    The Girl in the Mirror Elizabeth Garver Jordan
  • The Sybaritic meal with its clatter of plates, its talking and music, was still whirling through Frederick's brain.

    Atlantis Gerhart Hauptmann
  • That is as near to Sybaritic luxury as a man should care to come.

    Little Rivers Henry van Dyke
  • Our first night in La Gloria was not one of Sybaritic pleasure.

    Pioneering in Cuba James Meade Adams
British Dictionary definitions for Sybaritic


of or relating to the ancient Greek colony of Sybaris or its inhabitants
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Sybaritic



1610s, from Latin sybariticus, from Greek sybaritikos, from Sybarites (see Sybarite).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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