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hedonism

[ heed-n-iz-uhm ]

noun

  1. the doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the highest good.
  2. devotion to pleasure as a way of life:

    The later Roman emperors were notorious for their hedonism.

    Synonyms: carousal, dissipation, debauchery, libertinism, sensualism

    Antonyms: self-denial, puritanism, abstemious, asceticism



hedonism

/ ˈhɛd-; ˈhiːdəˌnɪzəm /

noun

  1. ethics
    1. the doctrine that moral value can be defined in terms of pleasure See utilitarianism
    2. the doctrine that the pursuit of pleasure is the highest good
  2. the pursuit of pleasure as a matter of principle
  3. indulgence in sensual pleasures


hedonism

  1. In ethics , the doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the highest good in life. Some hedonists, such as the Epicureans , have insisted that pleasure of the entire mind, not just pleasure of the senses, is this highest good.


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Derived Forms

  • heˈdonic, adjective
  • ˈhedonist, noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of hedonism1

First recorded in 1855–60; from Greek hēdonḗ “pleasure, enjoyment” + -ism
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Word History and Origins

Origin of hedonism1

C19: from Greek hēdonē pleasure
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Example Sentences

Now, Ozon has re-imagined the story by swapping the gender of its protagonist – which changes everything yet nothing in this S&M-tinged tale of narcissistic hedonism and obsessive desire.

So much of this space has been built virtually—on Clubhouse, Discord, Twitter—that the opportunities to meet in real life and hang out are really meaningful for these people, and that’s why there’s such a sense of hedonism to it all.

From Time

“We wanted to look at how happiness, and more specifically hedonism and living a full life, were not at odds with sustainability,” says lead author Yomna Sameer, a management professor at Abu Dhabi University.

The topic connects everything from the riddle of personal motivation, to the pitfalls of increasingly addictive social media, to the conundrum of hedonism and whether a life of stupefied bliss may be preferable to one of meaningful hardship.

To the tune of a Liberace impersonator’s jaunty cover of “Viva Las Vegas,” Snyder revels in the city’s signature hedonism gone awry.

His life of hedonism suddenly seems empty when he begins to fall in love with Grace.

Those avatars of hedonism, The Europeans, are aghast at discovering that the average American vacation lasts for just 4.1 days.

Georgia Congressman Bob Barr warned that “the flames of hedonism . . . are licking at the very foundations of our society.”

But the pleasures of vengeance and hedonism prove a dead end for Wanda.

After a night of hedonism, head out into Louisiana's Cajun Country.

It is comparatively easy at the present time in moral theory to slam both hedonism and apriorism.

Utilitarianism has been rightly called universal hedonism, as distinguished from the hedonism of Epicurus, which was egoistic.

Had she her secrets, as he had his, the secrets of his sullen hedonism?

For Egoistic Hedonism it is somewhat hard to find a single perfectly appropriate term.

Ethical Hedonism, as expounded by Mill, was morally inspiring by its dictate of readiness for absolute self-sacrifice.

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