sybaritism

Sybarite

[sib-uh-rahyt]
noun
1.
(usually lowercase) a person devoted to luxury and pleasure.
2.
an inhabitant of Sybaris.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin Sybarīta < Greek Sybarī́tēs. See Sybaris, -ite1

sybaritism [sib-uh-rahy-tiz-uhm] , noun


1. sensualist.
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sybarite (ˈsɪbəˌraɪt)
 
n
1.  (sometimes capital) a devotee of luxury and the sensual vices
 
adj
2.  luxurious; sensuous
 
[C16: from Latin Sybarīta, from Greek Subaritēs inhabitant of Sybaris]
 
sybaritic
 
adj
 
syba'ritical
 
adj
 
syba'ritically
 
adv
 
'sybaritism
 
n

Sybarite (ˈsɪbəˌraɪt)
 
n
a native or inhabitant of the ancient Greek colony of Sybaris

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sybarite
1617 (implied in Sybaritical), "person devoted to pleasure," lit. "inhabitant of Sybaris," ancient Gk. town in southern Italy, whose inhabitants were noted for their love of luxury. From L. Sybarita, from Gk. Sybarites.
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