(usually lowercase) a person devoted to luxury and pleasure.
an inhabitant of Sybaris.

Origin of Sybarite

1590–1600; < Latin Sybarīta < Greek Sybarī́tēs. See Sybaris, -ite1
Related formssyb·a·rit·ism [sib-uh-rahy-tiz-uhm] /ˈsɪb ə raɪˌtɪz əm/, noun

Synonyms for Sybarite Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sybaritism

Historical Examples of sybaritism

  • As a fact, this remark about her sybaritism was only a jest.


    George Sand

  • It was a complete reaction against the Sybaritism we had enjoyed in the warm and flowery plain of Bathang.

  • We have lived for so long a life of sybaritism that we have forgotten the sentiments of our fathers.

  • He was somewhat inclined to sybaritism; not quite emancipated from the tendencies of his bourgeois youth.

  • Then yielding to an involuntary fit of sybaritism, I unhooked the bellows and tried to get the fire to burn.

British Dictionary definitions for sybaritism



(sometimes capital) a devotee of luxury and the sensual vices


luxurious; sensuous
Derived Formssybaritic (ˌsɪbəˈrɪtɪk) or rare sybaritical, adjectivesybaritically, adverbsybaritism, noun

Word Origin for sybarite

C16: from Latin Sybarīta, from Greek Subaritēs inhabitant of Sybaris



a native or inhabitant of the ancient Greek colony of Sybaris
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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.

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