- a person whose life is devoted to the pursuit and enjoyment of luxury and sensual pleasure.
- of, relating to, or characterized by preoccupation with luxury and sensual pleasure: voluptuary tastes.
Origin of voluptuary
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Examples from the Web for voluptuary
It was also an occasion for voluptuary displays of tough-mindedness.The Media's Pro-Torture Cheerleaders
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Bigot, a voluptuary in every sense, craved a change of pleasure.The Golden Dog
Fair lady, he went onyour mother was, like yourself, a voluptuary.The Sorrows of Satan
Voluptuary as he was, Ulick didn't feel a spark of erotic emotion for his companion.Painted Veils
A great governor may be one-fourth voluptuary, but he must be three-parts politician.The African Colony
An epicure and a voluptuary, he had lived in extraordinary luxury.Old and New London
- a person devoted or addicted to luxury and sensual pleasures
- of, relating to, characterized by, or furthering sensual gratification or luxury
C17: from Late Latin voluptuārius delightful, from Latin voluptās pleasure
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Word Origin and History for voluptuary
c.1600 (n. and adj.), from Latin voluptuarius, from voluptarius, from voluptas "pleasure" (see voluptuous).
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