Origin of epicure
Examples from the Web for epicure
The epicure, like the diplomatist, is the one who knows how to wait.Her Royal Highness Woman|Max O'Rell
He looked at the Dog-Wolf with the eye of an epicure; what miserable eating his thin carcass would make.The Outcasts|W. A. Fraser
This fish is an excellent and nutritious article of food, and would be highly prized by the epicure.
An easy life begets luxury, and among fruit-eaters the parrot has become an epicure.Concerning Animals and Other Matters|E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
I remember the time when, for a woman, I was almost an epicure, and now I can swallow Mohammed's dinners with positive relish.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for epicure
Word Origin for epicure
Word Origin and History for epicure
late 14c., "follower of Epicurus," from Latin Epicurus, from Greek Epicouros (341-270 B.C.E.), Athenian philosopher who taught that pleasure is the highest good and identified virtue as the greatest pleasure; the first lesson recalled, the second forgotten, and the name used pejoratively for "one who gives himself up to sensual pleasure" (1560s), especially "glutton, sybarite" (1774). Epicurus' school opposed by stoics, who first gave his name a reproachful sense. Non-pejorative meaning "one who cultivates refined taste in food and drink" is from 1580s.