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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 sybaritism
Historical Examples
  • As a fact, this remark about her sybaritism was only a jest.

    Mauprat George Sand
  • It was a complete reaction against the sybaritism we had enjoyed in the warm and flowery plain of Bathang.

  • He was somewhat inclined to sybaritism; not quite emancipated from the tendencies of his bourgeois youth.

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist Alexander Berkman
  • We have lived for so long a life of sybaritism that we have forgotten the sentiments of our fathers.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • Then yielding to an involuntary fit of sybaritism, I unhooked the bellows and tried to get the fire to burn.

British Dictionary definitions for sybaritism

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 sybaritism

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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