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hedonism

[ heed-n-iz-uhm ]
/ ˈhid nˌɪz əm /
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noun
the doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the highest good.
devotion to pleasure as a way of life: The later Roman emperors were notorious for their hedonism.
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Origin of hedonism

First recorded in 1855–60; from Greek hēdonḗ “pleasure, enjoyment” + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for hedonism

hedonism
/ (ˈhiːdəˌnɪzəm, ˈhɛd-) /

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

Derived forms of hedonism

hedonic or hedonistic, adjectivehedonist, noun

Word Origin for hedonism

C19: from Greek hēdonē pleasure
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Cultural definitions for hedonism

hedonism
[ (heed-n-iz-uhm) ]

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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