hedonist

[ heed-n-ist ]
/ ˈhid n ɪst /

noun

a person whose life is devoted to the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification.

adjective

Also he·don·is·tic. of, relating to, or characteristic of a hedonist or hedonism.

Origin of hedonist

First recorded in 1855–60; see origin at hedonism, -ist
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Word Origin and History for hedonist

hedonist


n.

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.

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