Cyrenaic

[ sir-uh-ney-ik, sahy-ruh- ]
/ ˌsɪr əˈneɪ ɪk, ˌsaɪ rə- /

adjective

of or relating to Cyrenaica, or its chief city, Cyrene.
noting or pertaining to a school of philosophy founded by Aristippus of Cyrene, who taught that pleasure is the only rational aim of life.

noun

a native or inhabitant of Cyrenaica.
a disciple of the Cyrenaic school of philosophy.

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Origin of Cyrenaic

1580–90; <Latin Cȳrēnaicus<Greek Kȳrēnnaïkós, equivalent to Kȳrēna- (combining form of KȳrḗnēCyrene) + -ikos-ic
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British Dictionary definitions for Cyrenaic

Cyrenaic
/ (ˌsaɪrəˈneɪɪk, ˌsɪrə-) /

adjective

(in the ancient world) of or relating to the city of Cyrene or the territory of Cyrenaica
of or relating to the philosophical school founded by the Greek philosopher Aristippus (?435–?356 bc) in Cyrene that held pleasure to be the highest good

noun

an inhabitant of Cyrene or Cyrenaica
a follower of the Cyrenaic school of philosophy
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