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[ep-i-kyoo-ree-uh n, -kyoo r-ee-]
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  1. fond of or adapted to luxury or indulgence in sensual pleasures; having luxurious tastes or habits, especially in eating and drinking.
  2. fit for an epicure: epicurean delicacies.
  3. (initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of Epicurus or Epicureanism.
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  1. an epicure.
  2. (initial capital letter) a disciple of Epicurus.
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Origin of epicurean

1350–1400; Middle English Epicurien < Latin Epicūrē(us) of Epicurus (< Greek Epikoúreios) + -an
Related formsnon·ep·i·cu·re·an, adjective, nounun·ep·i·cu·re·an, adjective


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2. gourmet, luxury, lavish, deluxe, rich.


2. austere, simple, plain, modest, frugal.
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  • The pheasant was exquisite, and I ate with an epicurean enjoyment.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • Rabbi as thou art, thou art an Epicurean; thou sittest in the seat of the scorner.

  • It's as epicurean a distinction as any ever made by theologians.

  • When she did this it was an epicurean thing, savoury, hot, satisfying.


    Edna Ferber

  • And with a stanza of Epicurean optimism from Horace the Essay closes.

British Dictionary definitions for epicurean


  1. devoted to sensual pleasures, esp food and drink; hedonistic
  2. suitable for an epicurean epicurean feast
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  1. an epicure; gourmet
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Derived Formsepicureanism, noun


  1. of or relating to the philosophy of Epicurus
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  1. a follower of the philosophy of Epicurus
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Derived FormsEpicureanism, noun
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Word Origin and History for epicurean


late 14c., "follower of the philosophical system of Epicurus;" 1570s, "one devoted to pleasure," from Old French Epicurien, or from epicure + -ian. As an adjective, attested from 1580s in the philosophical sense and 1640s with the meaning "pleasure-loving."

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