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 (ĕp′ĭ-kyo͝o-rē′ə-nĭz′əm, -kyo͝or′ē-)
1. A philosophy advanced by Epicurus that considered happiness, or the avoidance of pain and emotional disturbance, to be the highest good and that advocated the pursuit of pleasures that can be enjoyed in moderation.
2. also epicureanism Devotion to a life of pleasure and luxury.


(ˌɛp ɪ kyʊˈri əˌnɪz əm, -ˈkyʊər i-)

also Ep•i•cur•ism

(ˈɛp ɪ kyʊˌrɪz əm, ˌɛp ɪˈkyʊər ɪz əm)

1. the philosophical system of Epicurus, holding that the world is a series of fortuitous combinations of atoms and that the highest good is pleasure, interpreted as freedom from disturbance or pain.
2. (l.c.) epicurean tastes or habits.

epicurism, epicureanism

1. the cultivation of a refined taste, as in food, art, music, etc.; connoisseurship.
2. a devotion or adaptation to luxurious tastes, especially in drinking and eating, or to indulgence in sensual pleasures. — epicure, n.epicurean, n., adj.
See also: Pleasure
the habit of refined, often luxurious, enjoyment of sensuous pleasures, especially of food. — epicurean, n., adj.
See also: Food and Nutrition
the philosophical system of Epicurus, holding that the natural world is a series of fortuitous combinations of atoms, and that the highest good is f reedom from disturbance and pain. Also Epicurism.Epicurean, n., adj.
See also: Philosophy


A Greek philosophy identifying good with pleasure but advocating a withdrawn and quiet life.
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Noun1.epicureanism - a doctrine of hedonism that was defended by several ancient Greek philosophers
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school


[ˌepɪkjʊəˈrɪənɪzəm] Nepicureísmo m
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Do you think that I could stay here contented with what you call my compensations - my art, the study of beautiful things, the calm epicureanism of the sedate and simple life?
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Veiz points out (Shakespeare and the Classical Tradition (Minneapolis, 1968), 285), Shakespeare's references to Epicureanism mostly partake of the popular contemporary prejudice' against Epicurus' philosophy as gross sensuality, but Cassius' statement at Julius Caesar V.
David Hopkins discusses the post-Restoration image of Horace the hedonist, connecting it skillfully with the rediscovery of Epicureanism in English in the late 1650s.
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Assignations are her business; epicureanism is the method, and weariness is the result.
Even Machiavelli claimed to be a Christian of sorts and managed to combine his accurately antiprovidential Epicureanism with some sort of theism, as did Epicurus himself.