hedonism


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he·don·ism

 (hēd′n-ĭz′əm)
n.
1. Pursuit of or devotion to pleasure, especially to the pleasures of the senses.
2. Philosophy The ethical doctrine holding that only what is pleasant or has pleasant consequences is intrinsically good.
3. Psychology The doctrine holding that behavior is motivated by the desire for pleasure and the avoidance of pain.

[Greek hēdonē, pleasure; see swād- in Indo-European roots + -ism.]

he′don·ist n.
he′don·is′tic adj.
he′don·is′ti·cal·ly adv.

hedonism

(ˈhiːdəˌnɪzəm; ˈhɛd-)
n
1. (Philosophy) ethics
a. the doctrine that moral value can be defined in terms of pleasure. See utilitarianism
b. the doctrine that the pursuit of pleasure is the highest good
2. the pursuit of pleasure as a matter of principle
3. indulgence in sensual pleasures
[C19: from Greek hēdonē pleasure]
heˈdonic, ˌhedoˈnistic adj
ˈhedonist n

he•don•ism

(ˈhid nˌɪz əm)

n.
1. the doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the highest good.
2. devotion to pleasure and self-gratification as a way of life.
[1855–60; < Greek hēdon(ḗ) pleasure + -ism]
he′don•ist, n., adj.
he`don•is′tic, adj.
he`don•is′ti•cal•ly, adv.

hedonism

1. Ethics. the doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the highest good. See also epicurism.
2. a devotion to pleasure as a way of life. — hedonist, n.hedonistic, adj.
See also: Pleasure

hedonism

The belief that pleasure and the avoidance of pain constitute the highest good.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hedonism - the pursuit of pleasure as a matter of ethical principle
ethical motive, ethics, morals, morality - motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
2.hedonism - an ethical system that evaluates the pursuit of pleasure as the highest good
moral philosophy, ethics - the philosophical study of moral values and rules

hedonism

noun pleasure-seeking, gratification, sensuality, self-indulgence, dolce vita, pursuit of pleasure, luxuriousness, sensualism, sybaritism, epicureanism, epicurism the reckless hedonism that life in Las Vegas demands
Translations

hedonism

[ˈhiːdənɪzəm] Nhedonismo m

hedonism

[ˈhɛdənɪzəm ˈhiːdənɪzəm] nhédonisme m

hedonism

nHedonismus m

hedonism

[ˈhiːdənɪzm] n (frm) → edonismo
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