[ ep-i-kyoo-ree-uh-niz-uhm, -kyoor-ee- ]
/ ˌɛp ɪ kyʊˈri əˌnɪz əm, -ˈkyʊər i- /
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the philosophical system or doctrine of Epicurus, holding that the external world is a series of fortuitous combinations of atoms and that the highest good is pleasure, interpreted as freedom from disturbance or pain.
(lowercase) epicurean indulgence or habits.
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Also Ep·i·cur·ism [ep-i-kyoo-riz-uhm, ep-i-kyoor-iz-uhm]. /ˈɛp ɪ kyʊˌrɪz əm, ˌɛp ɪˈkyʊər ɪz əm/.
Words nearby Epicureanism
epicritic, epic simile, Epictetus, epicure, epicurean, Epicureanism, Epicurus, epicuticle, epicycle, epicyclic train, epicycloid
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How to use Epicureanism in a sentence
This highest class begins usually with Stoicism, and ends with Epicureanism.Solomon Maimon: An Autobiography.|Solomon Maimon
None the less his writings were committed to memory and remained the text-books of Epicureanism to the last.
Lucretius is a proof, if any were needed, that Epicureanism is compatible with nobility of soul.
The fundamental postulates of Epicureanism are atoms and the void (ἄτομα καὶ κενόν).
It can hardly be denied that as compared with the dogmas against which it reacted there is an element of truth in Epicureanism.Human Nature and Conduct|John Dewey
Cultural definitions for Epicureanism
[ (ep-i-kyoo-ree-uh-niz-uhm, ep-i-kyoor-ee-uh-niz-uhm) ]
A form of hedonism defended by several philosophers of ancient Greece. For the Epicureans, the proper goal of action was pleasure — a long-term pleasure, marked by serenity and temperance.
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