- a person whose life is devoted to the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification.
- Also he·don·is·tic. of, relating to, or characteristic of a hedonist or hedonism.
Origin of hedonist
Related Words for hedonistsensualist, libertine, gourmand, sybarite, lecher, glutton, epicurean, voluptuary, epicure, profligate, debauchee, thrill-seeker
Examples from the Web for hedonist
Contemporary Examples of hedonist
The old Don was a loving father and husband, and a hedonist.What's Happened to Don Draper? Why Everyone’s Favorite ‘Mad Men’ Stud Needs His Mojo Back
April 16, 2014
Historical Examples of hedonist
Youre a hedonist, Phineas, said Doggie, after a thoughtful pause.The Rough Road
William John Locke
Then the hedonist in her revolted against that ascetic vision.Saint's Progress
Thus what really occurs is precisely opposite to the hedonist's contention.The Complex Vision
John Cowper Powys
The riches of wisdom consist for the hedonist in their purchase of pleasure.The Approach to Philosophy
Ralph Barton Perry
She knew him to be a hedonist, a materialist, a man who had very few scruples.From Out the Vasty Deep
Mrs. Belloc Lowndes
Word Origin and History for hedonist
1822, in reference to the Cyrenaic school of philosophy that deals with the ethics of pleasure, from Greek hedonikos "pleasurable," from hedone "pleasure," related to hedys "sweet," cognate with Latin suavis (see sweet). A hedonist is properly the follower of any ethical system in which some sort of pleasure ranks as the highest good. The Epicurian identifies this pleasure with the practice of virtue.