- 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
Examples from the Web for hedonistic
Where does the quest for beauty and hedonistic impulses begin and end?Herbie Hancock Holds Forth
November 8, 2014
Hedonistic distractions have existed from Caligula and Nero to Andreotti and Berlusconi.The New Fellini: Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Great Beauty’
November 18, 2013
To seize the day could be construed as a stoic, moral or hedonistic call, though not usually a sentimental one.One Perfect Summer Day in Virginia Woolf, Saul Bellow and Others
September 25, 2013
Cressida is known to have a wild side, and the week-long vacation in the Caribbean was a hedonistic affair.Why Did Prince Harry and Cressida Come Out?
February 22, 2013
Bork thought a hedonistic culture would foster anemic economic growth.Speed Read: Best Bits From Robert Bork’s ‘Slouching Towards Gomorrah’
December 20, 2012
Also the previous reflection on hedonistic method for Book ii.The Methods of Ethics
Thus all the requirements of the hedonistic calculus are satisfied!The Meaning of Good--A Dialogue
G. Lowes Dickinson
This revision of hedonistic dogma, of course, means a departure from the strict hedonistic ground.
The like applies to the introduction of qualitative distinctions into the hedonistic theory of conduct.
The natural-rights preconception begins to fall away as soon as the hedonistic mechanics have been seriously tampered with.
Word Origin and History for hedonistic
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.