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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.


from a hedonistic point of view
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Furthermore, power differentials are strengthened by historicized normative discourse that suggests that heterosexual men are "experts on sexuality" and that they "naturally" find sexual relations hedonistically pleasurable (Laumann & Gagnon, 1995, p.
This insight provided justification for the previously popular solution of making agents that hedonistically pursue only short-term human reward, and it led Knox and Stone (2013) to create an algorithm that successfully learns by valuing human reward that can be gained in the long term.
But the majority of the mountain biking community is like a lot of skiers and snowboarders--they are there to hedonistically party, sweat, outdo the next guy, and be cool.
Thus, where Lesley Speed suggests they thematize "a crisis in young, middle-class men's presumed right to behave hedonistically on other people's territory" (820; see also Thiessen), Timothy Shary argues that they portray loss of virginity as an emotional challenge for young men ("Virgin").
Because he was essentially a sensualist and a true disciple of the doctrine of Art for Art's Sake, rather than a participant in debates over social issues of his time, Rossetti hedonistically reproduced the sexual politics and the ideology of literary creation of his century.
Such hedonistically engrossing, overripe colors contrast with Kelly's puritan tidiness and Louis's calculated intricacy, his peculiarly discreet sensuousness.
Despite the fact that students of Arabic from the College of Education were more fatalistically-motivated and, at the same time, more hedonistically pragmatically-motivated than the students of Arabic from the Faculty of Arts, it is not unusual to come across such a case.
Whether Ryan was self-medicating with hydrocodone or using it hedonistically is unclear.
His discovery forces four postcollege friends, who lived hedonistically at the Suffolk country estate during the summer of 1976, to remember their golden summer--and the memories, secrets, and guilt that haunt them still.
John Kelly Truffle Fudge Bites With Exotic Sea SaltToo often we forget that salt can enhance the flavor in all foods -- savory or sweet -- and so it should be no great surprise that the new Truffle Fudge Bites with Exotic Sea Salt are hedonistically delicious.