- the doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the highest good.
- devotion to pleasure as a way of life: The later Roman emperors were notorious for their hedonism.
Origin of hedonism
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Examples from the Web for hedonism
His life of hedonism suddenly seems empty when he begins to fall in love with Grace.Is ‘Satisfaction’ a Love Story That’s Too Real About Sex and Marriage?
September 19, 2014
Those avatars of hedonism, The Europeans, are aghast at discovering that the average American vacation lasts for just 4.1 days.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder
August 10, 2014
Georgia Congressman Bob Barr warned that “the flames of hedonism . . . are licking at the very foundations of our society.”Justice Kennedy Opened the Door to Same-Sex Marriage, Will He Walk Through Next?
Geoffrey R. Stone
August 3, 2014
But the pleasures of vengeance and hedonism prove a dead end for Wanda.Holocaust Horrors Haunt the Films ‘Ida’ And ‘The German Doctor’
May 12, 2014
After a night of hedonism, head out into Louisiana's Cajun Country.The U.S. Road Trips You Should Really Take
April 26, 2014
And no hedonism, no theory of rights, could supply an operating rule for conduct.The Life of Mazzini
Veblen has made it perfectly clear that particular matters of theory are affected by the presupposition of hedonism.Creative Intelligence
John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
His own view is that the Austrians are not essentially bound up with hedonism.Social Value
B. M. Anderson
The sonnets on the Days breathe the same quaint medieval hedonism.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature
John Addington Symonds
Honora's amazement at her cousin's hedonism gave way to contempt for it.The Precipice
Elia Wilkinson Peattie
- the doctrine that moral value can be defined in terms of pleasureSee utilitarianism
- the doctrine that the pursuit of pleasure is the highest good
- the pursuit of pleasure as a matter of principle
- indulgence in sensual pleasures