- (usually lowercase) a person devoted to luxury and pleasure.
- an inhabitant of Sybaris.
Origin of Sybarite
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Examples from the Web for sybaritism
As a fact, this remark about her sybaritism was only a jest.Mauprat
It was a complete reaction against the Sybaritism we had enjoyed in the warm and flowery plain of Bathang.Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China
Evariste Regis Huc
We have lived for so long a life of sybaritism that we have forgotten the sentiments of our fathers.Letters to an Unknown
He was somewhat inclined to sybaritism; not quite emancipated from the tendencies of his bourgeois youth.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
Then yielding to an involuntary fit of sybaritism, I unhooked the bellows and tried to get the fire to burn.Monsieur, Madame and Bebe, Complete
- (sometimes capital) a devotee of luxury and the sensual vices
- luxurious; sensuous
- a native or inhabitant of the ancient Greek colony of Sybaris
Word Origin and History for sybaritism
"person devoted to pleasure," 1610s (implied in Sybaritical), literally "inhabitant of Sybaris," ancient Greek town in southern Italy, whose people were noted for their love of luxury. From Latin Sybarita, from Greek Sybarites.