A Word A Day : Epicurean

Tuesday, 2nd October 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Noun & Adjective )

Pronunciation : ep'ĭ-kyo-re'an

1. Devoted to the pursuit of sensual pleasure, especially to the enjoyment of good food and comfort

2. Suited to the tastes of an epicure

3. Characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone

4. Believing That Pleasure Is Good and Suffering Is Bad and Should Be Avoided


Middle English Epicurien, from Epicure meaning pleasure of food


Gourmet, Hedonistic, Decadent, Pleasure-Seeking, Pleasure-Loving, Sensualist, Sybaritic, Voluptuary, Voluptuous, Sensual, Sensualistic, Sensuous,


Spartan, Controlled, Puritanical, Puritan, Frugal, Basic, Meager, Bare, Severe, Plain, Austere, Simple

Contextual Examples:

• Convinced, eloquent,--again and again the notes of Epicurean philosophy fall almost unconsciously from his lips.

• After an epicurean repast, we changed his views about this world into a religious note.

Related Words:

1. Epicure : Noun

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