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[ep-i-kyoo r-uh s]
  1. 342?–270 b.c., Greek philosopher.
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Examples from the Web for epicurus

Historical Examples

  • The doctrines of Democritus will be found again in those of Epicurus and Lucretius.

    Initiation into Philosophy

    Emile Faguet

  • The philosophies of Epicurus or Hume give no adequate or dignified conception of the mind.

  • Epicurus said that or, if he did not, Lucretius said it for him.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • The attitude of Epicurus to science is particularly well marked.

  • Epicurus maintained that it was composed of parts in the same manner as the body.

British Dictionary definitions for epicurus


  1. 341–270 bc, Greek philosopher, who held that the highest good is pleasure and that the world is a series of fortuitous combinations of atoms
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