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[sib-uh-rit-ik] /ˌsɪb əˈrɪt ɪk/
(usually lowercase) pertaining to or characteristic of a sybarite; characterized by or loving luxury or sensuous pleasure:
to wallow in sybaritic splendor.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Sybaris or its inhabitants.
Sometimes, Sybaritical.
Origin of Sybaritic
< Latin Sybarīticus < Greek Sybarītikós, equivalent to Sybarī́t(ēs) Sybarite + -ikos -ic
Related forms
Sybaritically, adverb Unabridged
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  • We were becoming selfish, self-indulgent, Sybaritic rapidly.

  • I had heard that Sir William Howe was of Sybaritic temperament.

    In Hostile Red Joseph Altsheler
  • Our first night in La Gloria was not one of Sybaritic pleasure.

    Pioneering in Cuba James Meade Adams
  • His wide, thin lips were pursed in Sybaritic enjoyment of his cigar.

    The Girl in the Mirror

    Elizabeth Garver Jordan
  • That is as near to Sybaritic luxury as a man should care to come.

    Little Rivers Henry van Dyke
  • He liked inaction, no matter how Sybaritic as much as I. Then, "Okay," and he reached for the telephone.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
  • The traveller reposes with a feeling of Sybaritic delight under its thick and evergreen foliage, enriched with brilliant flowers.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • Though born to the forest, and a good woodsman, he had Sybaritic tastes, which needed only opportunity to bud and bloom.

    The Free Rangers Joseph A. Altsheler
  • There are crofts, with thick, tall hedges, and cattle lying in them with a Sybaritic luxury of indolence.

British Dictionary definitions for Sybaritic


of or relating to the ancient Greek colony of Sybaris or its inhabitants
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Word Origin and History for Sybaritic



1610s, from Latin sybariticus, from Greek sybaritikos, from Sybarites (see Sybarite).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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