[ heed-n-ist ]
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  1. a person whose life is devoted to the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification.

  1. 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

Other words from hedonist

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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