Definition of Epicurean

1. Noun. A person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink).

Exact synonyms: Bon Vivant, Epicure, Foodie, Gastronome, Gourmet
Generic synonyms: Sensualist

2. Adjective. Of Epicurus or epicureanism. "Epicurean philosophy"
Partainyms: Epicureanism, Epicurus

3. Adjective. Devoted to pleasure. "Epicurean pleasures"
Exact synonyms: Hedonic, Hedonistic
Similar to: Indulgent
Derivative terms: Epicure, Hedonism, Hedonism, Hedonism, Hedonism

4. Adjective. Displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses. "A chinchilla robe of sybaritic lavishness"

Definition of Epicurean

1. a. Pertaining to Epicurus, or following his philosophy.

2. n. A follower or Epicurus.

Definition of Epicurean

1. Adjective. relating to Epicurus or his philosophy ¹

2. Noun. a follower of Epicurus and Epicureanism ¹

3. Adjective. pursuing pleasure, especially in reference to food or comfort ¹

4. Adjective. devoted to luxurious living ¹

5. Noun. one who is devoted to pleasure ¹

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Definition of Epicurean

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Epicurean

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Literary usage of Epicurean

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1. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1901)
"Our knowledge of epicurean doctrine depends chiefly on the fragments of ... In 306 he returned to Athens, bought a garden, and founded the epicurean School ..."

2. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1827)
"The epicurean and withdrawn through a window on ever by Colonel Torrens and Mr ... He who could behold unmoved such an epicurean, must needs be a Stoic ..."

3. The Five Great Philosophies of Life by William De Witt Hyde (1911)
"Ill THE epicurean PRICE OF HAPPINESS Whoever contracts his work and expands his play, on epicurean principles, will of course have common sense enough to ..."

4. The Classical World by Classical Association of the Atlantic States (1916)
"It was one of the paradoxes of the epicurean system to reserve the blessings of communion with the gods, through worship and prayer, for those actually ..."

5. A Survey of English Literature 1780-1880 by Oliver Elton (1920)
"Marius the epicurean is as far from the propagandist stories written by Newman ... The nobler pretensions of the Cyrenaic, which passes into the epicurean, ..."

6. The Colloquies of Erasmus by Desiderius Erasmus, Edwin Johnson (1878)
"The epicurean. The ARGUMENT. The epicurean, a divine Colloquy, reasons learnedly and piously concerning the true Good, a pure Conscience, temporary and ..."

7. The Teacher's Philosophy in and Out of School by William De Witt Hyde (1910)
"First, the epicurean. The epicurean: Happiness The epicurean gospel is summed up best in Stevenson's lines, " The Celestial Surgeon " : — If I have faltered ..."

8. A History of Political Theories, Ancient and Mediaeval by William Archibald Dunning (1921)
"epicurean and Stoic Influences There were, however, certain features of epicurean and Stoic doctrine that were destined to exercise ..."

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