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EPICUREAN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Epicurean mean? 

EPICUREAN (noun)
  The noun EPICUREAN has 1 sense:

1. a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)

  Familiarity information: EPICUREAN used as a noun is very rare.


EPICUREAN (adjective)
  The adjective EPICUREAN has 3 senses:

1. of Epicurus or epicureanism
2. devoted to pleasure
3. displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses

  Familiarity information: EPICUREAN used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


EPICUREAN (noun)


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Meaning:

A person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

bon vivant; epicure; epicurean; foodie; gastronome; gourmet

Hypernyms ("epicurean" is a kind of...):

sensualist (a person who enjoys sensuality)


EPICUREAN (adjective)


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Meaning:

Of Epicurus or epicureanism

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

Epicurean philosophy

Pertainym:

epicureanism (a doctrine of hedonism that was defended by several ancient Greek philosophers)

Epicurus (Greek philosopher who believed that the world is a random combination of atoms and that pleasure is the highest good (341-270 BC))


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Meaning:

Devoted to pleasure

Synonyms:

hedonic; hedonistic; epicurean

Context examples:

a hedonic thrill / lives of unending hedonistic delight / epicurean pleasures

Similar:

indulgent (characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone)


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Meaning:

Displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses

Synonyms:

voluptuary; sybaritic; luxurious; luxuriant; epicurean; voluptuous

Context examples:

an epicurean banquet / enjoyed a luxurious suite with a crystal chandelier and thick oriental rugs / Lucullus spent the remainder of his days in voluptuous magnificence / a chinchilla robe of sybaritic lavishness

Similar:

indulgent (characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone)


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