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Sybarite

[sib-uh-rahyt] /ˈsɪb əˌraɪt/
noun
1.
(usually lowercase) a person devoted to luxury and pleasure.
2.
an inhabitant of Sybaris.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin Sybarīta < Greek Sybarī́tēs. See Sybaris, -ite1
Related forms
sybaritism
[sib-uh-rahy-tiz-uh m] /ˈsɪb ə raɪˌtɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
noun
Synonyms
1. sensualist.
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British Dictionary definitions for sybaritism

sybarite

/ˈsɪbəˌraɪt/
noun
1.
(sometimes capital) a devotee of luxury and the sensual vices
adjective
2.
luxurious; sensuous
Derived Forms
sybaritic (ˌsɪbəˈrɪtɪk), (rare) sybaritical, adjective
sybaritically, adverb
sybaritism, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin Sybarīta, from Greek Subaritēs inhabitant of Sybaris
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Word Origin and History for sybaritism

sybarite

n.

"person devoted to pleasure," 1610s (implied in Sybaritical), literally "inhabitant of Sybaris," ancient Greek town in southern Italy, whose people were noted for their love of luxury. From Latin Sybarita, from Greek Sybarites.

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