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Sybarite

[sib-uh-rahyt]
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noun
  1. (usually lowercase) a person devoted to luxury and pleasure.
  2. an inhabitant of Sybaris.
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Origin of Sybarite

1590–1600; < Latin Sybarīta < Greek Sybarī́tēs. See Sybaris, -ite1
Related formssyb·a·rit·ism [sib-uh-rahy-tiz-uh m] /ˈsɪb ə raɪˌtɪz əm/, noun

Synonyms

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1. sensualist.
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Examples from the Web for sybarite

Historical Examples

  • That is nothing, and I am only mentioning it to you so that you should not think I am a sybarite.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

  • A Sybarite in every taste, he has invented a little philosophy of his own.

  • The Athenian bowed, and the Sybarite returned to his philosophy.

  • With all her devotion she was something of a sybarite and liked repose.

  • A sybarite on an inadequate income, he was ever the man of action.

    Egoists

    James Huneker


British Dictionary definitions for sybarite

sybarite

noun
  1. (sometimes capital) a devotee of luxury and the sensual vices
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adjective
  1. luxurious; sensuous
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Derived Formssybaritic (ˌsɪbəˈrɪtɪk) or rare sybaritical, adjectivesybaritically, adverbsybaritism, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin Sybarīta, from Greek Subaritēs inhabitant of Sybaris

Sybarite

noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of the ancient Greek colony of Sybaris
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Word Origin and History for 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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