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[sib-uh-rahyt] /ˈsɪb əˌraɪt/
(usually lowercase) a person devoted to luxury and pleasure.
an inhabitant of Sybaris.
Origin of Sybarite
1590-1600; < Latin Sybarīta < Greek Sybarī́tēs. See Sybaris, -ite1
Related forms
[sib-uh-rahy-tiz-uh m] /ˈsɪb ə raɪˌtɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
1. sensualist. Unabridged
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  • The Sybarite had received several shots below her water-line, and the Red Galleon had her tree cut in two.

    The Knight of Malta Eugene Sue
  • A Sybarite in every taste, he has invented a little philosophy of his own.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • The Sybarite seemed unnecessarily large for a pleasure boat.

    Alias The Lone Wolf Louis Joseph Vance
  • The Athenian bowed, and the Sybarite returned to his philosophy.

  • Altogether the library gave evidence of a refined taste, and was a cross between a monkish cell and a Sybarite's bower.

    A Coin of Edward VII Fergus Hume
  • With all her devotion she was something of a Sybarite and liked repose.

    The Women of the French Salons Amelia Gere Mason
  • On the seventh day the course pricked on the chart placed the Sybarite's position at noon as approximately in mid-Atlantic.

    Alias The Lone Wolf Louis Joseph Vance
  • Without the immorality, we had the very atmosphere of a Sybarite indulgence.

    Confession W. Gilmore Simms
  • Sybarite,” she murmured, glancing around at his arrangements for complete comfort.

    The Missioner E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • It is the Spartan, not the Sybarite, who is capable of heroic deeds.

British Dictionary definitions for Sybarite


(sometimes capital) a devotee of luxury and the sensual vices
luxurious; sensuous
Derived Forms
sybaritic (ˌsɪbəˈrɪtɪk), (rare) sybaritical, adjective
sybaritically, adverb
sybaritism, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin Sybarīta, from Greek Subaritēs inhabitant of Sybaris


a native or inhabitant of the ancient Greek colony of Sybaris
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Word Origin and History for Sybarite



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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