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[ep-i-kyoo-ree-uh-niz-uh m, -kyoo r-ee-] /ˌɛp ɪ kyʊˈri əˌnɪz əm, -ˈkyʊər i-/
the philosophical system or doctrine of Epicurus, holding that the external world is a series of fortuitous combinations of atoms and that the highest good is pleasure, interpreted as freedom from disturbance or pain.
(lowercase) epicurean indulgence or habits.
Also, Epicurism
[ep-i-kyoo-riz-uh m, ep-i-kyoo r-iz-uh m] /ˈɛp ɪ kyʊˌrɪz əm, ˌɛp ɪˈkyʊər ɪz əm/ (Show IPA)
Origin of Epicureanism
First recorded in 1745-55; epicurean + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Epicureanism
Historical Examples
  • In modern times, as will be seen, Epicureanism has enjoyed a revival.

  • We too have our popular Epicureanism, which would allow the world to go on as if there were no God.

    Laws Plato
  • The passage from pantheism to Epicureanism is not a long one.

  • Epicureanism could have been carried no further than he had carried it.

    The New Tenant E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • My Epicureanism and her iron-bound individualism would have clashed.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • He lacks passion, and he is never wanton; his eroticism is only Epicureanism.

    Anatole France Georg Morris Cohen Brandes
  • They lead him to the Epicureanism that is the only philosophy that they do not overthrow.

    A Night in the Luxembourg Remy De Gourmont
  • So many people still fail to understand what Epicureanism is.

    Talleyrand Joseph McCabe
  • He was not a Sceptic as you may imagine, nor had he adopted the Lucretian form of Epicureanism.

    First and Last H. Belloc
  • Herein lies the charm of his Epicureanism, and herein too its kinship with that of Horace.

    The Age of Tennyson

    Hugh Walker
Word Origin and History for Epicureanism



1751, with reference to a philosophy; 1847 in a general sense, from epicurean + -ism. Earlier was epicurism (1570s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Epicureanism in Culture
Epicureanism [(ep-i-kyoo-ree-uh-niz-uhm, ep-i-kyoor-ee-uh-niz-uhm)]

A form of hedonism defended by several philosophers of ancient Greece. For the Epicureans, the proper goal of action was pleasure — a long-term pleasure, marked by serenity and temperance.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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