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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A Greek philosophy identifying good with pleasure but advocating a withdrawn and quiet life.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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Gassendi's work influenced scientists of his time making Epicureanism more acceptable.
At the onset of the book, Corbett systematically provides a detailed panorama of how Epicureanism is received and represented throughout medieval thought, effectively preparing the reader for his contextualization of Epicurus in Dante.
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And the first explicit denial of man's political nature belongs not to Christianity, but to Epicureanism, which views justice not as an end in itself but as a means to the individual's desire to procure his own good.
A couple of features about his epicureanism explain its particular character and charisma in Samskara.
It is a stretch, but Corbett makes it, starting with Dante's reception of Epicureanism, and eventually his reception of the secular man.
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I will then suggest that those Christian thinkers who rejected Lucretius and Epicureanism did so for philosophical reasons deeply grounded in Plato's thought.