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Saturday, February 23, 2002

Definitions for sybarite

  1. A person devoted to luxury and pleasure.

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Citations for sybarite
This worldly cleric, nicknamed "the sybarite of Saumane", friend of Voltaire and a social luminary in Paris and Avignon, lived a high old life within the medieval fortifications of his chateau in Provence. , Irish Times
Beneath the prudish disapproval that colored Upton Sinclair's assessment of California's wealthy sybarites was an amused astonishment at how hard they worked at having fun, at how deadly serious they were about pleasure. Richard White, The New Republic
Origin of sybarite
1590-1600
Sybarite is derived from Greek Sybarites, from Sybaris, an ancient Greek city noted for the luxurious, pleasure-seeking habits of many of its inhabitants.
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