hedonistic


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hedonistic - devoted to pleasure; "a hedonic thrill"; "lives of unending hedonistic delight"; "epicurean pleasures"
indulgent - characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone ; "indulgent grandparents"

hedonistic

adjective pleasure-seeking, self-indulgent, luxurious, voluptuous, sybaritic, epicurean, bacchanalian The cookery course was serious and hedonistic at the same time.

hedonistic

adjective
Characterized by or devoted to pleasure and luxury as a lifestyle:
Translations

hedonistic

[ˌhiːdəˈnɪstɪk] ADJhedonista

hedonistic

[ˌhiːdəˈnɪstɪk ˌhɛdəˈnɪstɪk] adjhédoniste

hedonistic

adjhedonistisch
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