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Sybarite

[sib-uh-rahyt] /ˈsɪb əˌraɪt/
noun
1.
(usually lowercase) a person devoted to luxury and pleasure.
2.
an inhabitant of Sybaris.
Origin of Sybarite
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin Sybarīta < Greek Sybarī́tēs. See Sybaris, -ite1
Related forms
sybaritism
[sib-uh-rahy-tiz-uh m] /ˈsɪb ə raɪˌtɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
noun
Synonyms
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 Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • The Athenian bowed, and the Sybarite returned to his philosophy.

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

    The Women of the French Salons Amelia Gere Mason
  • A Sybarite on an inadequate income, he was ever the man of action.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • Without the immorality, we had the very atmosphere of a Sybarite indulgence.

    Confession W. Gilmore Simms
  • It is the Spartan, not the Sybarite, who is capable of heroic deeds.

  • Tommy, youre a Sybarite, said Bob, as he climbed onto the launch.

    Four Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The moment he entered, Culligore felt as though he were invading the den of a Sybarite.

    The Gray Phantom Herman Landon
  • Mr. Warburton, of Warburton Place, must be a Sybarite, and should be a happy man.

    Dangerous Ground Lawrence L. Lynch
British Dictionary definitions for Sybarite

sybarite

/ˈsɪbəˌraɪt/
noun
1.
(sometimes capital) a devotee of luxury and the sensual vices
adjective
2.
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

Sybarite

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

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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