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[vuh-luhp-choo-er-ee] /vəˈlʌp tʃuˌɛr i/
noun, plural voluptuaries.
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
1595-1605; < Late Latin voluptuārius, Latin voluptārius pertaining to (sensual) pleasure, equivalent to volupt(ās) pleasure + -ārius -ary; for -u- see voluptuous Unabridged
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  • Bigot, a voluptuary in every sense, craved a change of pleasure.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • Fair lady, he went onyour mother was, like yourself, a voluptuary.

    The Sorrows of Satan Marie Corelli
  • voluptuary as he was, Ulick didn't feel a spark of erotic emotion for his companion.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • A great governor may be one-fourth voluptuary, but he must be three-parts politician.

    The African Colony John Buchan
  • An epicure and a voluptuary, he had lived in extraordinary luxury.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • A voluptuary in love, he professes not that delicacy which refines all its joys.

    The Sylph, Volume I and II Georgiana Cavendish
  • He abandoned himself to the sensations of love and the sensations of an artist like a voluptuary.

    Old and New Masters Robert Lynd
  • In his riot of the senses there was more of the athlete than of the voluptuary.

    Robert Browning C. H. Herford
  • Such a word was a mockery in the mouth of such a voluptuary.

    Bought and Paid For Arthur Hornblow
British Dictionary definitions for voluptuary


noun (pl) -aries
a person devoted or addicted to luxury and sensual pleasures
of, relating to, characterized by, or furthering sensual gratification or luxury
Word Origin
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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