Epicureanism [ep-i-ky oo- ree- uh-niz- uh m, - ky-ee-] oo r noun 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.
Ep·i·cur·ism [ ep-i-ky oo-riz- uh m, ep-i- ky-iz- oo r uh m] /ˈɛp ɪ kyʊˌrɪz əm, ˌɛp ɪˈkyʊər ɪz əm/
Origin of Epicureanism
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In modern times, as will be seen,
Epicureanism has enjoyed a revival.
We too have our popular
Epicureanism, which would allow the world to go on as if there were no God.
The passage from pantheism to
epicureanism is not a long one. Epicureanism could have been carried no further than he had carried it.
Epicureanism and her iron-bound individualism would have clashed. Word Origin and History for epicureanism n.
1751, with reference to a philosophy; 1847 in a general sense, from
epicurean + -ism. Earlier was epicurism (1570s).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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