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.
- he·don·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
- non·he·do·nis·tic, adjective
- non·he·do·nis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
- un·he·do·nis·tic, adjective
- un·he·do·nis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use hedonist in a sentence
Where does the quest for beauty and hedonistic impulses begin and end?
You meet him and he's in a stage of complete and total hedonistic selfishness.'About a Boy' Star David Walton Is No Hugh Grant, in the Best Way | Kevin Fallon | February 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Hedonistic distractions have existed from Caligula and Nero to Andreotti and Berlusconi.The New Fellini: Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Great Beauty’ | Jimmy So | November 18, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Matt Seidel | September 25, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the mundane reality is most likely much less hedonistic than that.
We must allow again for the intermingling of moral with purely hedonistic preferences in the estimate of common sense.The Methods of Ethics | Henry Sidgwick
I owe the suggestion of this mode of interpreting the hedonistic calculus of utilitarianism to Dr. Wesley Mitchell.Human Nature and Conduct | John Dewey
Spencer is involved in effect in most of the confusions and contradictions of hedonistic psychology.
A ward with a comfortable bed seemed to me quite safe enough, and I spent the night with three equally hedonistic companions.A Surgeon in Belgium | Henry Sessions Souttar
Not that the pursuit of pleasure or the avoidance of pain can be the unbroken motive-force even of the most hedonistic among us.The Complex Vision | John Cowper Powys