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n. pl. vo·lup·tu·ar·ies
A person whose life is given over to luxury and sensual pleasures; a sensualist: "an adventurous voluptuary, angling in all streams for variety of pleasures" (Thomas De Quincey).

[French voluptuaire, from Old French, from Late Latin voluptuārius, variant of Latin voluptārius, devoted to pleasure, from voluptās, pleasure; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]

vo·lup′tu·ar′y adj.


n, pl -aries
a person devoted or addicted to luxury and sensual pleasures
of, relating to, characterized by, or furthering sensual gratification or luxury
[C17: from Late Latin voluptuārius delightful, from Latin voluptās pleasure]


(vəˈlʌp tʃuˌɛr i)

n., pl. -ar•ies,
adj. n.
1. a person devoted to the pursuit and enjoyment of luxury and sensual pleasure.
2. of, pertaining to, or characterized by preoccupation with luxury and sensual pleasure.
[1595–1605; < Late Latin voluptuārius, Latin voluptārius pertaining to (sensual) pleasure, derivative of volupt(ās) pleasure] + -ārius -ary]


- One totally into luxury and sensual pleasure.
See also related terms for luxury.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.voluptuary - a person addicted to luxury and pleasures of the senses
sensualist - a person who enjoys sensuality
Adj.1.voluptuary - displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses; "an epicurean banquet"; "enjoyed a luxurious suite with a crystal chandelier and thick oriental rugs"; "Lucullus spent the remainder of his days in voluptuous magnificence"; "a chinchilla robe of sybaritic lavishness"
indulgent - characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone ; "indulgent grandparents"


A person devoted to pleasure and luxury:
Characterized by or devoted to pleasure and luxury as a lifestyle:


[vəˈlʌptjʊərɪ] Nvoluptuoso/a m/f


nLüstling m
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The golden year was dying as it had lived, a beautiful and unrepentant voluptuary, and reminiscent rapture and content freighted heavily the air.
His features might have been called good, had there not lurked under the pent-house of his eye, that sly epicurean twinkle which indicates the cautious voluptuary.
Clare, who was in heart a poetical voluptuary, smiled as Miss Ophelia made her remark on his premises, and, turning to Tom, who was standing looking round, his beaming black face perfectly radiant with admiration, he said,
But the rascal of a painter, poet, novelist, or other voluptuary in labor, is not content with his advantage in popular esteem over the ploughman; he also wants an advantage in money, as if there were more hours in a day spent in the studio or library than in the field; or as if he needed more food to enable him to do his work than the ploughman to enable him to do his.
Bid the slave-merchant enter," says the Turkish voluptuary with a wave of his hand.
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Thus George Buchanan, in attacking Queen Mary over the spectacular events that led to her exile, had notably slandered David Riccio as 'low-born, foreign, ambitious, subtle, vainglorious; a papist, a spy, a sycophant, a voluptuary and an intimate of the queen'.
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Stephen Orgel shrewdly comments that in this passage "the moral and intellectual ideal of [female] beauty is male--[bright Lucifer], This sounds like a much more attractive proposition than marriage for a truly wanton and lascivious voluptuary, especially for one with the sexual taste like Marlowe's.
In the North they are In the South they are cool fiery sober voluptuary laborious indolent independent unsteady jealous of their own liberties, zealous for their own liberties, and just to those of but trampling on those of others others interested generous chicaning candid superstitious and hypocritical without attachment or in their religion pretensions to any religion but that of the heart (Alden 17)
Whitman was the sensualist with a heart and empathy for others, but evil is the heartless voluptuary in love only with itself.

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