[ sahr-dn-uh-peyl-yuh n, -pey-lee-uh n ]
/ ˌsɑr dn əˈpeɪl yən, -ˈpeɪ li ən /


excessively luxurious or sensual.

Origin of Sardanapalian

1865–70; Sardanapal(us) a legendary Assyrian king proverbial for his decadence (< Latin < Greek Sardanápal(l)os, perhaps ultimately < Akkadian Aššur-ban-apli Ashurbanipal) + -ian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sardanapalian

  • And it was for this, then, that all these Sardanapalian accusations had been piled upon my head.

  • They copy the luxuries, the inborn vices of the blue blood of Europe's crowned Sardanapalian autocrats.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas|Richard Henry Savage
  • The first movement has the martial pomp and hauteur and the Sardanapalian opulence and color that mark 294 a barbaric triumph.

  • The cacique was taken prisoner and with him his entire Sardanapalian court.

    De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2)|Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt